The Ogun State Government has refuted the online publication that the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, distributed expired COVID-19 palliatives and N5,000 to the civil servants in the state ahead of the forthcoming governorship election.
The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Kunle Somorin, made the clarification in a statement on Sunday.
Somorin described the report as not only false but a totally fabricated and deliberately hatched report to tarnish the personality of the governor.
Somorin expressed dismay at the publisher’s disregard for journalism ethics by relying on hearsay and not hard facts or evidence before writing the report.
The CPS said, “The reporter had never reflected the angle of Governor Abiodun’s administration on any issue, even when given enough facts to counter false claims, had since the inception of the incumbent administration been unnecessarily hostile.
“The line of questioning of the reporter whenever he called to get the government’s response on issues had always shown that he was predetermined to write only negative reports about the state government.
“The report is the handiwork of members of the opposition who have found the reporter a willing tool to convey their fairy tales.
“Governor Abiodun had never and would never induce the electorate to get their votes, but rather has a strong conviction that his administration’s good work will speak for him at the polls.
“It is part of a deliberate and continued ploy by members of the opposition in the state to discredit Governor Abiodun ahead of the poll next Saturday.”
The CPS statement also called on the people not to be swayed by the naked lies covered with the garb of a news report, adding they should troop out next Saturday and vote for Governor Dapo Abiodun.
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