The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Taiwo Adisa, has said his principal did not attend the Labour party rally in honour of its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
Adisa described a news story which indicated that the governor attended the rally as a “compelling falsehood, aimed at confusing the fickle-minded”.
The governor’s aide, in a statement on Saturday, said that Makinde, who took a deserved leave after handing over power to his deputy, Bayo Lawal, was yet to return to Ibadan when the said Obidients’ rally took place.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to an online publication, which indicated that Governor Makinde was spotted among the Obidients during a rally in Ibadan, on Saturday, September 3, 2022.
“To say the least, the publication is a falsehood, packaged to deceive the unsuspecting.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Makinde was nowhere near Ibadan when the said rally held. A Yoruba adage says one person cannot stand in twos. How is it possible for the governor who was observing the last days of his leave outside the country to be spotted among the so-called Obidients in Ibadan?
“While we will not begrudge the Obidients’ desire to propagate their candidate, we will not oblige anyone the luxury of dragging the reputation of the Governor of Oyo State on accounts of false claims.”