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Alleged propaganda drive aims to stall Amaechi screening

19 October 2015, 06:57

Abuja - The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the Senate to ignore alleged attempts by the rival People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to stop legislators screening former Governor Rotimi Amaechi.

APC reported it had come to its notice current Governor Nyesom Wike and the PDP, in their bid to ensure that the Senate does not screen Amaechi, had now resorted to publishing “counterfeit” news items through their so-called sponsored internet news outlets.

CAJ News is aware of such online agencies APC Rivers spokesman, Chris Finebone, said were behind such news articles.

“In both online publications, agents of Governor Wike and the PDP tried to justify the huge funds the Rivers State Governor is providing to them by concocting wild, pedestrian stories in form of news which are put out to unsuspecting and gullible online readers,” said Finebone.

Finebone said the APC noted these online outlets had in the past concocted several “fake” news stories purporting such stories to be based on interviews with the former governor that actually never held.

He alleged the publications also claimed to have talked with close associates of Amaechi who they failed to name because confidentiality of sources was a right accorded to journalists under the law.

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“Again, they continue to indulge in their malfeasance because most online readers often fail to see through such false stories and the sinister motives of those behind them.”

The APC thus urged senators and all other Nigerians to discountenance such stories and many more the PDP were allegedly likely to put out in the public domain in the next few to stall the ascension of Amaechi as a minister.

Amaechi’s screening is scheduled for later this week after the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to submit its report on apetition against him.

“The free news APC has for these men is that Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi will become a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the matter is beyond mortal men like them,” Finebone said.

PDP, which had not commented on the allegations APC raised, is probing Amaechi for alleged corruption and maladministration. 

- CAJ News


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