Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s Campaign Organization has said that the All Progressives Congress Party (APC) and its governorship candidate in the September 19 elections in Edo State, will neither be fazed nor cowed by fake news being promoted by hired hirelings of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Director of Communication and Media of the Campaign Organization, Mr. John Mayaki, made the assertion in a statement released on Thursday in Abuja.
Mayaki said rather than tell the electorate what quality PDP and its candidate possess to win the September polls, they have hired Reno Omokri, a renowned conspiracist to spread falsehood in a smear campaign planned to distract the people from their internal wrangling and lack of records.
He said: “Reno Omokri is a discredited man whose undying love for publicity and unrestrained appetite to feel and look and informed has put in the suffering of endless chase of relevance largely on social media where he promotes falsehood, divisiveness, and other deplorable tasks his paymasters set him to.
“One of those falsehoods is the one that formulated his topic in his most recent video. Adopting the overused tactic of failed propagandists like himself who credit their fictions and concocted stories to ‘unnamed sources’ in the Presidency and other seats of power, Reno lied that a plan was afoot by the Federal Government to purportedly circumvent the choice of Edo people in the Governorship election scheduled for the 19th of September.
“Unsurprisingly, given the baseless nature of this false claim, Reno was immediately rebuked by Edo people and other Nigerians who have come to know him as a dubious and morally bankrupt man willing to do anything to please his paymasters.
“It was after all the same man who caused a poor woman great distress when as an aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, he stole the identity of her son, Wendell Simlin, and used it to author one of his unfounded articles in which he attempted to smear the reputation of the CBN Governor at the time and irresponsibly stoke ethnic and religious tension.
“Not stopping there, Reno has also been accused of using the unfortunate tragedy of Leah Sharibu to author and market a book globally under the pretension that the proceeds would go to her family but has since pocketed the funds raised.
“This character, therefore, is one who has lost face and holds no standing in the eyes of the Nigerian public.”
Mayaki dismissed Reno’s claims that the Presidency was mounting pressure on INEC to rig the Edo election in favor of the APC, stating that apart from the President’s characteristic respect for institutional independence and protection of the integrity of the country’s democracy, Ize-Iyamu is a widely loved candidate who will overwhelmingly win the election without any compromise.
He said unlike the PDP where the imposition of Godwin Obaseki at the wee hours has caused an internal implosion that set the party off-course, the APC has established a strong dominance and advantage with Ize-Iyamu’s SIMPLE agenda and the candidate’s natural charisma as a unifier and bridge-builder.
“Only losers and a riven political party like the PDP plans to rig election. And it is on this note that we must take Reno’s comments as a foreshadowing and an inadvertent reveal of the plans of this rejected political party to use their trademark violence, disregard for the law, and chaos to try to disrupt the election.
“Already, their godfather, Nyesom Wike, who brandishes machetes at campaign grounds, is threatening fire and brimstone. Nigerians and Edo people must beware even as we repeat our call to INEC, the Police, and other relevant agencies to remain on guard.
“We urge the discredited Reno Omokri to enjoy his share of the tax collectors due Obaseki gave to the PDP in silence and stop insulting the sensibilities of the people with his shameless self and senseless rabblerousing,” he said.
Mayaki further warned Edo people at home and in the diaspora to disregard Reno Omokri’s endless social media smear campaign because, according to him, he is an opportunist and alarmist whose stock in trade in promotion of fake news to eke out a living.