Friday, 23 November 2018

Obasanjo Speaks On Meeting With Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has debunked a report by the African Independent Television (AIT) alleging that he and the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, recently held a meeting in his Ota farm, Ogun state.

Premium Times reports that Obasanjo, however, demanded immediate apology from the television station.

The former president’s demand came barely a month after the National Broadcasting Commission cautioned the television station on the use of user-generated content from the social media on its flagship programme.

Obasanjo in a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, said the portrayal by the station was false and also demanded an apology for Osinbajo for the embarrassment it might have caused him.

He expressed disappointment in the station’s failure to verify the fake Twitter Account before airing it on the station, stating that he was in Sokoto for the Zero Hunger project at the time the false news was aired by the station.

According to him, “It is a fact that severally, the former president has dissociated himself from owning any social media account. Therefore, it is highly disappointing that such sensitive Twitter post would be allowed to go on air without verification by the African Independent Television (AIT).”

The former president further urged the media to always be professional in discharging their duties and should refrain from creating unnecessary confusion and heating up the polity.

Obasanjo said: “There was no meeting with the vice president anywhere. I was at the airport and was informed that he was around in the lounge and out of courtesy; I felt I should go and greet him. We met, greeted and exchanged pleasantries and I left. That was all.”

“The station should have been very professional and not causing confusion and heating up the polity. That I am not operating any social media account should not be strange to a station like AIT, and for that embarrassment, the vice president and I deserve an apology.”

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