Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State is not contemplating defecting to the African Democratic Congress (ADC), his media aide, Taiwo Adisa, has said.
Mr Makinde, a first term governor, is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mr Adisa said, in a statement in Ibadan, the state capital on Monday, that rumours making the rounds in a section of the media that the governor was set to dump PDP were not true.
He described the report as “a concocted falsehood from purveyors of fake news, who are bent on maligning the governor at all cost.”
Mr Adisa maintained that contrary to the fake news report, Mr Makinde had no plan whatsoever to join any other party.
He said the governor remained a strong pillar of PDP for many years and was already leading the mission for its resurgence in the South-West zone.
The governor’s aide stated that the report in question raised all the red flags of fake news, as it was based on unverifiable claims from an unnamed source.
He added that if the writers of the report and the editors of the media through which it was reported had done due diligence, such falsehood would not have found its way into the public sphere.
Mr Adisa further stated that the attempt to launch the concocted story shortly after some media outfits had tried to exaggerate the governor’s exit from a WhatsApp platform purportedly belonging to PDP was negatively ingenious.
“The noble profession of journalism dictates that if a party makes insinuations about another, the second party’s response should be sought.
“The reporter in question had access to the media unit of the governor, but he chose to fly with the falsehood.”
Mr Adisa maintained that apart from the governor not contemplating joining ADC or any other party for that matter, he would also not be distracted by the ridiculous lies being circulated by the enemies within and without.
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