Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State says he is still in the State’s Governorship race in the Oct. 10 election.
This follows rumours of his disqualification from participating in the July 20 governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
1st News had reported that the screening, which took place from July 8 to July 10 in Abuja, was for the 12 APC governorship aspirants in the state.
Mr Ojo Oyewamide, Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity, in a statement on Sunday, July 12, in Akure, said the rumour was a ploy to distract supporters of Akeredolu.
He explained that it was another distraction “unleashed with the aim of deceiving the unsuspecting public and diverting attention from the self-imposed pains on the part of those behind the story.
“They are scavengers and will stop at nothing to sustain their trade of deceit. Ignore them, remain firm, be dedicated and prayerful.
“Akeredolu is not just participating at the party primary. He shall be re-elected by the Grace of God, come October 10, 2020.
“The governor, therefore, appeals to all his supporters to ignore the rumour and dedicate this period to God for His continuous grace, favour and protection,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami on Saturday, July 11; slammed reports that he bought a N300 million house for his newly wedded son, Abdulazeez in Abuja.
Equally important, this was contained in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Dr. Umar Gwandu.
Malami described allegations he bought a property for his son, Abdulazeez Malami, in Abuja as mischievous, deceitful, and perfidious.
Also, he disowned pictures and a video linked to the wedding of his son; saying the video in which some people are seen spraying money and flouting COVID-19 guidelines; had nothing to do with his son’s marriage.
Specifically, the minister’s son’s wedding Fatiha took place in Kano on Saturday, July 11, 2020.
Malami said the wedding occured under strict observance of the protocols and also guidelines of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; SAN has been drawn to a mischievous, deceitful and perfidious publication by the notorious factory of fake news in Nigeria; the Sahara Reporters with an intent to spread lies.”