The Chairman of Ekiti chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) Olajide Awe, has denied report circulating online in which he was reported to have denigrated the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye over the comments made by the cleric during his visit to Governor Ayodele Fayose over the weekend.
The APC Chairman in a statement on Monday said he did not speak or issue any statement condemning commendations given to the State Governor by the RCCG General Overseer described the stories circulating in the social media as deliberate lie as APC would never dabble into any controversial issue involving religious leaders.
SPY NIGERIA recalls that Awe was reported to have frowned at the comment made by Adeboye commending Gov Fayose, for what he called the governor’s courage and willingness to defend his people and the cause of the common man in the country.
Awe was alleged to have said Fayose could have bribed Adeboye with huge amount of money to get such endorsement.
However, Awe said the report is one of the fictitious stories in the name of APC leaders put in the media space by the State government in order to put the opposition in a bad light.
“On many occasions, stories allegedly written by APC either denigrating its own leaders or painting the party in bad light to turn Nigerians against it had been traced to a notorious liar that shares lack of integrity with his boss purporting that APC issued such press releases that never emanated from our party.
“Taiwo Olatunbosun is our party’s Publicity Secretary who always signs all the press releases by any official of our great party, but in this instance, the writer of the purported press release alleged that I wrote to condemn Pastor Adeboye for doing his reverred pastoral job in Ekiti State.
“In recent times, press releases either attacking APC leaders, President Muhammadu Buhari or his wife purporting to be written by APC had found their way to the social media.
“At a time, Fayose’s so-called media man, who has no certificate to back up his purported professional calling in journalism and who never worked in any media organisation all his life, once conducted an interview with himself with denigrating comments on Ekiti people as perpetually hungry people and ascribed the interview to Erelu Bisi Fayemi at the time the woman was far away from Nigeria for almost a month without any contact with Nigerian journalists.
“In each of the cases, Fayose’s media men, who neither have record of integrity nor professionalism, have been found to be behind these lies to set Nigerians against Ekiti APC leaders.
“Fayose and his media aide, Lere Olayinka, are known for guerilla journalism in its hit and run tactics, but Nigerians are no fools, as they understand their lack of depth and professionalism in the practice of journalism.
“We all know that Fayose has no respect for integrity, the same tradition inherent in his media aides’ conduct, but we counsel that Fayose should not drag Pastor Adeboye into Ekiti political ring, as the man cannot allow his integrity to be dragged into the mud where Fayose is king.”