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
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
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