Abuja - NOI Polls, the regional polling group, has denied media reports the organization was established to support government.
The organization said the report was a case of "fishing expedition" designed to mislead stakeholders and the public with "sponsored lies and innuendos."
“This press statement has been necessitated by the malicious story published by Sahara Reporters with the sole intent to bring to disrepute NOIPolls Limited and its founder Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. It is clear that the online website went on a fishing expedition designed to mislead stakeholders and the public with sponsored lies and innuendos," Oge Funlola Modien, Managing Director and CEO, said in a statement.
"NOIPolls was founded in 2006 by Dr Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, shortly afterwards she went on to become the Managing Director at the World Bank. She was not a serving minister nor in Government at this time.”
Modie said for the reporters to imply that she set up the company to ‘burnish the image of President Jonathan’ was false and again points to a very biased and subjective reporting style that was completely flawed and should be disbelieved.
She said in line with global practice, Okonjo-Iweala is not currently involved in managing the company or it’s decision-making.
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“Dr Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is also totally de-linked from the company and does not interfere with the operations. The Company is run by a Management team which is headed by Managing Director and CEO.”
Modie added that NOI Polls has been conducting polls on presidential approval ratings since 2007.
“We have only had two presidents; the Late President Yar’dua and now President Jonathan. The first approval rating was done in 2007 when the maiden NOI- Gallup National Poll was conducted.”
She said the monthly opinion surveys on the president’s approval ratings were rigorous and credible and reflected both gains and losses in public perception for the president.
“As fair minded and apolitical persons have observed, the approval ratings have not been static: they reflect changes in public perception of the president’s work. Not too long ago, it was 74 percent. The effort by the publication to discredit the polls is evidently malicious and lacks credibility”.
She said their technical partnership with Gallup USA covered methodology and similar technical issues.
“NOI Polls never claimed that Gallup was involved in the monthly approval polls. We have been in a technical partnership with Gallup since 2006.”
- CAJ News