The governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has denied a media claim that he had ordered the custody and incarceration of blogger Ahmed Olamilekan due to a supposedly defamatory article published.
According to his lawyer, Olamilekan spent 100 days in the care of the Correctional Service at the governor’s request; according to a national newspaper.
However, according to a statement, on Monday, August 22, 2022 from Kunle Somorin, the governor’s chief press secretary; the blogger’s arrest and detention had nothing to do with Governor Abiodun. Further, he described the reports as untrue and deliberate attempts to cast the governor in poor light.
Governor Abiodun, according to Somorin, highly values human rights and the rule of law; adding that he will never act in defiance of the law. Indicating that the governor firmly believes in the idea of separation of powers; while describing him as someone who will never obstruct or influence the judicial process; he continued by saying that the subject is already before a court of law.
In the statement, Somorin pleaded with the public to reject the blogger’s lawyer’s accusation; particularly as it was presented in the national daily, emphasising that; “It is entirely an issue between the defendant, security agencies, and the court.”
Meanwhile, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has denied media reports that he will hand over federal universities to state governments if elected president in 2023.
Equally important, Media Adviser to the former Vice President, Mr Paul Ibe, described the report as false. He made this known in a statement issued on Monday night, August 22, 2022 in Abuja.
Ibe said that they had noticed with dismay the mischievous misinterpretation of what Atiku said at the plenary of the 62nd annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) as it related to education and how to address the crisis in the sector.
“The report is false, untrue, unfounded, and not a true reflection of what Atiku Abubakar said while responding to a question on devolution of powers, a key component of his policy framework.
“What the PDP presidential candidate Atiku referred to was his plans for a phased devolution of power to the federating units.
“The report in some sections of the media is, therefore, a misleading and false account of what transpired; when PDP presidential candidate fielded questions as a panelist at the opening ceremony of the NBA conference,” Ibe said.
He said that in answering the question posed to him; Atiku merely recalled his engagement with a university professor.
“Abubakar argued that the United States of America shared similarities with the first set of universities in Nigeria which belonged to the regional governments.”