Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has demanded an immediate retraction and apology from the African Independent Television, AIT, over a report indicating that he had a meeting with Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, in his Ota farm, in Ogun State.
Recall, that the television station’s social media segment, Kakaaki Social, showed a purported Twitter account of Obasanjo with a picture of the former President, Osinbajo, and the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, at the meeting.
Reacting however, Obasanjo in a statement by his Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, said that the portrayal by the TV 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 State for the Zero Hunger project, at the time the false news was aired by the station.
“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)”, Akinyemi stated.
Obasanjo also expressed concern over the continuous use of his name by suspected fraudsters on some social media platforms, warning that anyone caught in the act would be made to face prosecution.
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.
“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”, Obasanjo explained.
“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”, Obasanjo said.
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