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Thursday, November 22, 2018

 No meeting with Osinbajo, others in Ota, says Obasanjo ... demands, retraction, apology from AIT

                         Obasanjo



Abayomi Ife


Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has broken his silence on the purported meeting with Vice - President Yemi Osinbajo and Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi  and  allegedly aired by 
the African Independent Television
(AIT) on its Kakaki (social media) segment.

Obasanjo said there was no meeting with Yemi Osinbajo anywhere, explaining that he was at the Airport and informed that the Vice - President also happened to be around at the time in the Lounge and out of courtesy, elected to go see him. 

He added that the duo met, greeted, exchanged pleasantries and thereafter, he left.

This was revealed on Thursday in a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi,  and made available to journalists.

The ex - President said it was highly disappointing that AIT could display  a photo  on its social media segment, Kakaki Social, where a purported tweeter account belonging to him, showed a picture during an alleged meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) and the Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, at his Ota farm in Ogun state.

The palpably disappointed Obasanjo is demanding a retraction and apology from AIT for disseminating misleading information.

He is also demanding that similar apology be tendered  to the Vice -President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo,  for the embarrassment the development might have caused him.

The ex - President who noted that he does not own or operate any Twitter account, expressed disappointment at AIT's  failure to verify the fake Twitter Account before airing it on the station.

Obasanjo who is currently attending a public function in Sokoto for the Zero Hunger project,  expressed worry over the continuous use of his name by suspected scammers and con -artists on social media, warning that offenders caught perpetrating the act, would be arrested and  persecuted immediately.

He advised the media to always be professional in the way they ply their trade and refrain from creating unnecessary confusion and heating up the polity.

The ex - President said: "It is a fact that severally, the former President have dissociated himself from owning any social media account. Therefore, it is highly disappointing that such sensitive Twitter post would be allowed to go on air without verification by the African Independent Television (AIT).

"There was no meeting with the Vice President anywhere. I was at the Airport and was informed that he was around in the Lounge and out of courtesy, I felt I should go and greet him. We met, greeted and exchanged pleasantries and I left. That was all.

"The station should have been very professional and not causing confusion and heating up the polity. That I am not operating any social media account should not be strange to a station like AIT, and for that embarrassment, the Vice President and I deserve an apology."

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