Ebonyi State Governor David Nweze Umahi has issued a warning to “dishonest people” who are propagating fake news on Facebook based on a comment attributed to him that he never uttered.
Governor Umahi noted that his attention had been attracted to a childish Facebook post on the timeline of one Chijikenkem, in which he claimed that the gubernatorial election in Anambra last Saturday was marred by anomalies.
Mr Francis Nwaze, the Governor’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, issued a statement as he dispelled the rumours.
the statement read: “ordinarily, we wouldn’t have bothered responding to the ill-fated post by the attention-seeking fellow but we have elected to clear the doubt of some discerning minds.”
“First, His Excellency, Governor David Umahi, at no point, made such remarks about the Anambra State Gubernatorial election.”
“It is, however, uncomplimentary to imagine His Excellency speaking on behalf of the Standard-bearer of the APC and a Party that has a full-fledged structure, moreover, in an election that its outcome has not been concluded by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”
” Going by the foregoing, we hereby urge the general public to disregard ….. as it has no iota of truth in it.”
“We also like to use this medium to remind …..er and other Social Media purveyors of fake news that the State Law on fake news is very much in place to deal with potential recalcitrants.”
“The General Public is advised to ignore ….. as it did not emanate from His Excellency, the Governor of Ebonyi State.”