22 July 2021
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THE Edo State Government has called on the citizens to disregard a video circulating on social media in which the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, was wrongly identified as arguing with an identified chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party.
In a press release signed by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Osaigbovo Iyoha which was made available to journalists in Benin on Wednesday, said the intent of the purveyors of the video was malicious and should be disregarded.
The statement read in part, “The desperation of detractors of Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, is manifest, yet again, with the circulation of an old video of a primary election in Akwa Ibom State and mischievously captioning and passing it off as an altercation involving the governor.
“It must be stated that the intent of the purveyors of the video is patently malicious as it is obvious that the man who is wrongly identified as Governor Obaseki in the said video bears no resemblance to the governor.
“Findings have revealed that the video captured two prominent members of the Peoples Democratic Party in a hot exchange at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium during the PDP primary election in 2015.
“This development once again points to the grave consequences of fake news and alternative facts, which mischief-makers exploit to cause misinformation and public apathy.”