Obanikoro disclaims audio recording on Ekiti elections, threatens to sue Sahara Reporters

February 6, 2015 1:43 pm

Press statement from ’s office…read below.

Our attention has been drawn to an audio recording released on Thursday
by Sahara Reporters, an online website. In the audio recording,
Senator Musiliu Obanikoro is presented as having a conversation
alongside current Governor of , Ayodele Fayose, Senator
Iyiola Omisore amongst other names purportedly identified by Sahara
Reporters as participants in the said meeting. Continue…

But these are the facts:
1.
That Senator Obanikoro wishes to state categorically and emphatically
that you will never find him anywhere in the world talking about rigging
an election in favour of anyone. The context of the conversation being
reported by Sahara Reporters has been deliberately concocted,
manipulated and misrepresented to achieve a predetermined narrative.
Nowhere in the purported recording did Senator Obanikoro mention
directly or indirectly a plan to rig the Ekiti State elections as the
Sahara Reporters narrative suggests.
2.
That Senator Obanikoro’s team was approached by an agent of Sahara
Reporters to pay for the doctored recording. Senator Obanikoro’s refusal
to be blackmailed led to Sahara Reporters going ahead to publish the
said recording.
3.
That it is an open knowledge that Sahara Reporters is a paid mouthpiece
of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) and as such cannot be
taken seriously and credibly.
4.
That the eventual timing of the release of the doctored audio coming on
the eve of the ruling of the Osun State Election Petitions Tribunal
makes it even more sinister. For all intents and purposes, it is a
failed attempt to compromise the outcome of the Tribunal ruling and set
the tone for public sympathy in the event of an unfavorable ruling.
5.
Old habits die hard. The APC is known for its manipulative antics in
the manufacturing of forged certificates, hacking, propaganda and now
the doctoring of audio recordings.
6.
That Dr. Kayode Fayemi and the APC have failed to explain how their
gross unpopularity led to the loss of their wards and local governments
to PDP’s Ayodele Fayose.
7.
That there was a Tribunal set up for the Ekiti Election. Why was this
audio recording not presented to that Tribunal? Having lost an election
woefully and at the Election Petitions Tribunal, this is nothing short
of a lame after-thought and a futile attempt to pervert the minds of
unsuspecting Nigerians against the PDP in the coming general elections.
8.
That the role the Nigerian Army played in safeguarding the elections in
Ekiti and Osun States remains commendable, to general acclaim, locally
and internationally.
9.
The APC and their cronies are the ones known for anti-democratic
tendencies. Where was Sahara Reporters when free and fair local
government elections were annulled by the APC in Lagos State?
10.
That beyond this statement, Senator Obanikoro will not dignify the
immoral construct of the APC through its hired media platforms with any
further response. Senator Obanikoro refuses to be distracted by the
failed antics of the APC and is focusing on the re-election of President
Goodluck Jonathan.
11.
That Senator Obanikoro is initiating legal action against Sahara
Reporters in New York and for defamation of character.

Signed
Ohimai Godwin Amaize
Special Adviser on Media Strategy to Senator Musiliu Obanikoro

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