- Buhari Campaign Organisation dismissed the reports of altercations between Rotimi Amaechi and the APC chairman, Oshiomhole
- The BCO said Amaechi holds Oshiomhole in the highest esteem possible
- It accused the PDP of being behind the rumours
The Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) has dismissed the reports that the minister of transportation and director-general of BCO, Rt. Honourable Rotimi Amaechi, disparaged the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole.
In a statement sent to NAIJ.com by the BCO, Festus Keyamo, the organisation’s director of strategic communications, described the reports as “a classic case of the much-touted “fake news””.
Keyamo stated that Amaechi did not at any forum, whether in private or public, disparage Oshiomhole. He said the transport minister holds Oshiomhole in the highest esteem possible.
He accused the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of being behind the rumours.
The statement reads:
"Our attention has been drawn to a news item purporting that the Director-General of President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, His Excellency, Rt. Honourable Rotimi Amaechi, disparaged the Chairman of our great party, the APC, His Excellency, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to the effect that he is “bad luck” to the Party.
"This news item is a classic case of the much-touted “fake news” that has become a tool in the hands of desperate politicians. It is also an unsuccessful attempt to create a division between both great leaders of the party.
"For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state without equivocation that Rt. Honourable Rotimi Amaechi did not at any forum, whether in private or public, utter such words or anything close to those words in reference to Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. He holds Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in the highest esteem possible.
"We have since discovered that this “fake news” was concocted, released and circulated by the sinking main opposition party. Indeed the combination of Rt. Honourable Rotimi Amaechi and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is an obvious nightmare to them.
"From our intelligence sources, we wish to alert the general public that as the campaigns draw closer, many of such “fake news” would be released and circulated by the opposition that is presently clutching at straws and harvesting chaff to survive. For them, blackmail, outright lies, falsehood and now “fake news” have become their campaign strategy.
"For us, we shall continue to alert the general public anytime such “fake news” is released and urge them to continue to ignore such stories. However, on our part, we are set to run an issue-based campaign.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that Amaechi also denied ever referring to Oshiomole as bad luck to the ruling party.
In a chat with State House correspondents on Wednesday, July 25, the minister referred to the report as a fake story.
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