APC spokesperson apologises over faux report that INEC official collected bribe
A spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress (APC) marketing campaign within the Edo 2020 governorship election has apologised to an election official whom he accused of receiving bribe from Governor Godwin Obaseki throughout the election.
Three months after the election which was received by Mr Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Occasion, the spokesperson, John Mayaki, has come out to explain as faux the declare he made in a press launch that Mike Igini, the INEC resident electoral commissioner in Akwa Ibom State, held a secret assembly with Governor Obaseki and that Mr Igini left the Edo Authorities Home “with sacks of cash”.
Some newspapers, together with The Solar, Vanguard, and Nigeria Tribune ran a narrative from Mr Mayaki’s launch, although Mr Igini was not a part of the election and by no means visited the Edo Authorities Home throughout the election.
Mr Igini, at a press convention he referred to as in October to react to the allegation, stated he and his two different colleagues stopped over at Protea Resort, Benin Metropolis, on August 24 for refreshments earlier than they moved on to attend a burial in Delta State.
The INEC official filed a N10 billion libel go well with towards David Imuse, a factional chairperson of APC in Edo and Mr Mayaki.
He additionally filed a separate go well with demanding N5 billion as damages from Messrs Imuse and Mayaki
Mr Mayaki in his Christmas Day launch stated the story on Mr Igini was “fatally improper and unable to go credibility test”. “This is a humiliation even to my humble self,” he stated.
Mr Mayaki stated he “sadly” allowed his political curiosity, and never his judgement as knowledgeable journalist, to information him on the details about Mr Igini which he stated he bought from a “supply”.
“I’ve taken time to scrutinise and overview my supply, the story itself and likewise listened to the testimony of different credible individuals on this assertion and the impeccable character of Mr. Mike Igini and have come to the conclusion and admission that one thing went improper – my investigation and findings have now revealed that the story was not solely unfaithful however unable to go integrity and credibility checks.
“This supply didn’t solely mislead me to mislead the folks but in addition to impugn on the popularity of Mr. Mike Igini and for which I’m deeply embarrassed – I apologise.
“I tender my profound apology to Mr. Mike Igini, the Governor of Edo state, Mr Godwin Obaseki, Mr. Anselm Ojezua – whose names appeared in that assertion and on whom the story touches instantly. By extension, I apologise to the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) for the inconveniences or embarrassment this assertion has occasioned them as I maintain Mr. Mike Igini within the highest esteem,” Mr Mayaki stated.
“I’ll be taught from these embarrassing moments and am decided to win again the arrogance of my readers by placing in additional arduous work in no matter project beneath my supervision,” he added.
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