Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, yesterday, urged the state Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop peddling wicked rumours and falsehood on his person and the government, describing such as mischievous and destructive politics.
The governor made the call following allegations by the PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr. Chris Nehikhare, on Thursday, that Governor Godwin Obaseki jetted out of the country after attending the burial rites of Mrs. Caroline Ikhazoboh in Lagos.
Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki
The government, in a swift reaction, however, said, the PDP without verifying the location of the governor, addressed the press and dished out wicked falsehood and that the mischief was magnified by the media.
A statement by the interim Chief Press Secretary, Mr. John Mayaki said, “Well, since Mr Nehikhare wants to know the governor’s whereabouts, the governor is very much in his office, in the state, going about the business of good governance and implementing policies that will move the state to a better place”.
The statement said, “Here is a man, whose statements have developed a knack for constituting capital mischief. Never mind that his favourite tool, a certain newspaper of which I will still mention, violates almost every known principle of journalism to uphold his cause and grant him public space.
“The new Edo will be a forward-thinking environment impervious to blackmail, and there will be no room for rumour mongering. Evidence proving the gradual emergence of a new Edo is not scarce despite misinterpretations and distortions aimed at painting the new Edo and its protagonists in negative lights.
“The opposition must understand that in this new socio-economic dispensation, jaded political, social and economic conduct must be discarded in favour of a progressive political ideology that supports an advanced conception of public and social duty.