The Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as blackmail, report in an online news medium, that some top officials of the State Government breached social distance protocol associated with the fight against coronavirus.
This was stated by Evangelist (Mrs.) Olusola Ogunsanya, Assistant Publicity Secretary, Ogun APC Caretaker in a statement issued on Sunday, May 17, 2020.
The press statement, titled ” RE: ALLEGED BREACH OF PROTOCOLS BY OGUN OFFICIALS, A LIE BY BLACKMAILERS” reads:
“Our attention has been drawn to a publication by a disreputable online media asking Ogun State Governor to “order arrest of his Chief of Staff, Salisu Shuaib, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Politics, Hon. Tunji Egbetokun and the Special Assistant to the Governor on Government House, Hon. Tunde Olaotan for violating social distancing measures of Covid-19.”
“The party wishes to clarify that the report was as a false information being peddled by a cartel of blackmailers posing as journalists, who had simply misinformed Comrade Olaposi Ogini and used him to achieve their ulterior motives rooted in blackmail.
“There was never a time that “hundreds of members of our party, All Progressives Congress, across the state were brought to the Oba’s complex situated at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
“The fact of the matter is that no such gathering of “hundreds” occurred. In
continuation of distribution of palliative to groups and associations across the state, the meeting of three per LGA, mostly government officials, were held. The Obas complex venue is a very spacious 350-seater hall, and sitting arrangements were made in strict observance of social distancing.
“Is it unfortunate that Comrade Olaposi Ogini, acting on hearsay, allowed himself to be grossly misled by these “press boys”, when he had, and still has unfiltered access to our party secretariat and leaders.
“We are also aware that these elements, who do not even know the right designation of two of the officials they mentioned, are already touting a video purportedly recorded, and for which they have been asking for ransom and threatening to release it in the social media as from tomorrow, unless they are heavily paid. However , it is not the practice of our party to deal with blackmailers. We therefore urge members of the general public to ignore the antics of these desperate people.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Rt. Hon. Tunji Egbetokun is the Senior Special Adviser on Political Matters, and Hon. Babatunde Olaotan is Special Adviser, Government House.”