The campaign organisation of Hon. Peter Ajayi, has accused the immediate past Commissioner for Information and Strategy during Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, of the brain behind the rumour that Peter Ajayi has been disqualified by the All Progressives Congress (APC) local government elections screening committee.
The Campaign group, Peter Ajayi Campaign Team (PACT), in a statement issued by the Director of Media and Publicity, Damilola Onadeko, said that the news aired by the Echonews Paper (online version) has outrightly confirmed the perennial views of the people of Ejigbo, Isolo and Oshodi that Echonews floats nothing but yellow Journalism.
In the statement, the group noted that Bamigbetan through his newspaper (Echonews) planned to tarnish and denigrate the image of its aspirant with the misinformation, adding that such act would not stop the love of Ejigbo voters for its aspirant.
” Bamigbetan and his co-travellers initially came up with the lie that Hon. Peter Ajayi has stepped down in the race, we punctured their lie. Again, they came up the lie that our aspirant has been disqualified. This is an indication that they are weak, lack ideas and could not convince voters.
” Hon. Peter Ajayi not only in the race but also not disqualified by the screening committee. Whereas, our Principal and Chairmanship hopeful, Hon. Peter Ajayi has pursued all his educational achievements using his birth certificate and has presented same since he has been contesting from the year 2017 till date.
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“This disparaging and derogatory news reported by Echoenews paper (online version) is one amongst many of its propaganda floated to bring down the choice of the masses in Ejigbo LCDA and best Man of the job, Hon. Peter Ajayi.
” Peter Ajayi Campaign Team (PACT) is not worried about this fake, jaundiced and unverified news aired by the supposed Publisher, Mr. KEHINDE BAMIGBETAN”, said Onadeko.
” We write to put the record straight and debunk this biased notion, innuendoes and blatant lies reported by Echoenews paper online version this afternoon.
” Our Principal, Hon. Peter Ajayi produced the voter’s card without much ado while the Chairman of the APC State Screening Committee, a revered Politician and refined Democrat, Hon. Babatunde Oganla,SAN sighted and vetted both the birth certificate and voter’s card purportedly reported to have not been paraded by our Principal and Chairmanship hopeful, Hon. Peter Ajayi.
” Members of the public who may oblige to verify the sentiments and yellow journalism of Echoenews paper (online version) may do that from the State Screening Committee who screened chairmanship aspirants from Ejigbo Local Council Development Area.
” The Echonews newspaper, its paid propagandists and rumours peddlers deliberately attempted to drag the good name of our Principal via their cheap miscalculations, desperate for power and cheap popularity”, said Onadeko.
” Peter Ajayi Campaign Team condemns this attempted defamation of character and libelous carnage as reported by Echoe newspaper ( version) in its entirety.
” The Peter Ajayi Campaign Team is unwearied , unperturbed and ever focused to go into the primaries elections while abiding by extant guidelines of our great Party, the All Progressives Congress(APC) and shall always be law abiding.
” The figment imagination of failed and clueless elements hurled in bad faith to cause confusion in the polity failed woefully on arrival.
” Albeit, the avowed leadership of our party, All Progressives Congress (APC) have stated repeatedly and unequivocally that nobody should be discriminated against by virtue of age, gender, where he comes from, religious affiliation or cultural background.
” We reiterate yet again ,that we hold our Party leadership in high esteem and shall continue to do same.
” We however , once again, appeal to them to dissociate themselves from these elements who chose to release a result of an ongoing exercise.
” We believe strongly in the Party’s position and its modus operandi already in place , rather than any artificial encumbrance or impediments, should determine , who goes to the primaries or hoists the party’s flag.
” We therefore ask the members of the public to disregard the news, as it is biased, unprofessional and technically evil.
” We urge the good people of Ejigbo LOCAL Council Development Area to go about their legitimate businesses peacefully.
” Our Principal and Chairmanship hopeful, Hon. Peter Ajayi is still very much in the race and he and members of his Campaign Team shall continue to abide by extant guidelines of our great Party, All Progressives Congress and relevant electoral laws”, said Onadeko.