Stop Spreading Lies About Tinubu, Ejigbo LCDA Tells TheWill Online Media
The Chairman of the Ejigbo Local Council Development Area, Kehinde Bamgbetan, has asked the public to disregard recent online reports indicating that Former Governor Bola Tinubu is one of the owners the Lekki Concession Company (LCC). He said this in the light of the reports from a news website, The Will, which reported that the former senator as being part owner of the company.
In a press release on Wednesday, signed by the Lagos State Finance Commissioner, Ayo Gbeleyi, and the Attorney General, Ade Ipaye, the state government explained, “(We are) engaged in buying back the rights pertaining to the concession ahead of the 30-year period stipulated in the Design, Build, Operate and Transfer (DBOT) Concession Agreement. This is to be achieved by purchasing all the shares in LCC.”
However, due to inexplicable reasons, The Will in its interpretation of the events carried a rider on its story claiming that the Lagos state government “says it is buying back rights from Tinubu, other investors for N15B.”
According to Mr. Bamgbetan, who was the Chief Press Secretary to Sen. Tinubu, “This is the height of journalistic mischief and irresponsible reportage because no where in the statement released was the name Tinubu mentioned. The publishers and editors at The Will must know that its editorial bias against Tinubu is quite evident and they are practicing irresponsible journalism. I have read the statement by the Commissioner for Finance of Lagos State twice and there is no where it was mentioned that the buy back was from Tinubu as an investor. This is the height of journalistic irresponsibility. It is editorializing. This is a continuation of the smear campaign The Will has been engaged in against Tinubu and Governor Fashola. They give journalism a bad name.”
He added that the public must be weary of websites and publications that seem bent on pushing the nefarious agenda of the ruling party while making demons of those of the opposition.
Mr, Bamgbetan said, “Just visit that The Will’s website and see how they praise the monumental joke that the PDP is. The site always seem in a hurry to discredit the good works of the governors in the APC while giving credibility to the many illegalities that happen in the PDP. Read their reports on the Dan Suntai Saga playing out in Taraba; you’ll be shocked!”
He challenged The Will to point out to its readers where Tinubu’s name was mentioned in the statement or provide proof that he is indeed an investor in LCC.
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