Monday, November 23, 2015

Abubakar Audu's Death: Tinubu, Others Fingered


There has been news circulating on Social media claiming Bola Tinubu and some other people are behind the death of Abubakar Audu. It further stated that Rochas Okorocha grantd the interview. However, Ik Ogbonna, anipr Special Assistant to the Imo State Governor on Information & Communications Technology, ICT has debunked this claim.

My attention has been drawn to the above story which is trending on social media. When I first read the concocted tale full of thrash and libel told by enemies of democracy, my initial decision was to ignore it but on a second thought I have decided to put the record straight. 

The story which is written in poor English purported that Gov Rochas Okorocha, the Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum gave an interview where he accused Tinubu of being behind the death of Kogi state APC candidate, late Prince Abubakar Audu.


Firstly Gov Rochas Okorocha spent the better part of yesterday, Sunday 22nd November, 2015 till about 7 pm chairing a stakeholders forum of South-East Leaders and returned to Owerri same night, it is bewildering where and when he gave the interview which thrended same night on social media? Secondly, Prince Abubakar Audu is not yet a member of APC Governors Forum and Gov Okorocha could not have granted the interview on that score. 

The family of Prince Abubakar Audu has not blamed anyone for the death of their son neither is Gov Okorocha a member of the Audu family. The story was written as an interview Governor Okorocha granted yet no medium was mentioned. Can one grant interview to thin air? The purported interview is a wicked machination of people who are envious of the towering profile of Gov Rochas Okorocha and aim at bringing him at loggerheads with leaders of the Party especially Sen Bola Tinubu, a former Governor of Lagos State and a man Gov Okorocha holds in very high esteem. 

It is also remarkable that the story has no source but emanated from the Facebook wall of a PDP apologist who must have been paid by her handlers to cause disaffection within APC family. The story started by referring to Gov Okorocha as a former Special Adviser to former President Obasanjo on Inter -Party Affairs, an office he held several years ago indicating that the authors do not know him well enough. 

I wish at this point to remind the harbingers of libelous, concocted and devious news on social media that there is now a law on social media as the liberty enjoyed casting aspersions on people has ended. God bless Nigeria. Imo Must Be Better. Ik Ogbonna, anipr Special Assistant to the Imo State Governor on Information & Communications Technology, ICT




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