issued by the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) titled “I do not fault
their (APGA) rebuttal – Fejiro Oliver”, where various comments were made which I need to correct.
earlier press release titled “APGA denial of the secret document with Obaino
and matters arising” which was published by various news media WAS NOT A
REJOINDER NEITHER IS IT A RETRACTION as APGA would want the world to
belief. Instead, it was meant to right the wrong in their first press release.
gutter journalism, but it smacks of dishonesty when we begin to characterize
every bad report that are backed with relevant document as yellow journalism,
while the ones that praise us are elevated to investigative journalism; it’s so
classified by APGA’s media and publicity. Is it not true that Ndigwe is an S.A
to Victor Umeh or is it not correct that Chief Onwuka has been a Deputy
National Chairman (South) of APGA? Maybe we deserve to know the ‘correct’
details if Fejiro Oliver is wrong.
work, by telling us to always get two sources to confirm their stories before
publications, I’m sorry to say that I will not be one of their student. What
other confirmation do I need when I tried to call their National Chairman’s
number, who was involved in signing the document, but his phone never rang and
had to send a sms which was delivered, but he never responded.
persistence in my call to the chairman before the party eventually answer me is
a crime. If the report had involved the governor, Peter Obi, I would have known
who to call, but this certainly was not the case. Or was I suppose to wait for
them to give me part of the national cake to kill the story, as it is mostly
done in situations like this? I do not belong to the category of men who will
collect brown envelopes to kill a story, thereby mortgaging my conscience. If
that is my offence, let me commit such again!
blowing reporters as fame seeking journalists? I do not need APGA to get the
fame and I dare say with all modesty that I detest being in the limelight,
hence I avoid controversial reports backed with document, yet I have to do the
job which I am called to do. May I with all modesty tell APGA that I do not
need their secret report to garner fame; as the fame is already gained. May I
remind them that the secret daughter of Nigeria’s Guinness book of world
records holder, Senator David Dafinone was blown publicly by my humble self,
with documents attached, as well as the plan to perfect PDP winning of the just
concluded senatorial bye-election, which went the way I reported it, the money
spent by the Delta State House of Assembly members for their legislative
training in US, also being the writer of the satire about President Jonathan
Goodluck resignation speech leaking which was globally read, that I had to
switch off my phone due to the numerous calls coming in to confirm it. I could
go on and on. So you see, APGA is NEVER a source of fame, for whom God has
blessed, he has blessed!
conformed to and I will urge APGA to be more realistic in tackling the story,
by telling Nigerians whose signature are on the agreement and not twist my
reply to their rebuttal to tarnish the report. The onus lies on them now to
convince the world, especially Anambra citizen, not teach how to be a reporter.
Still yet I do believe that they have a right to refute it, which is what I
but it is the job of the public to decide on the truth”, so was I taught by my
communication lecturer many years ago in the university. This is my story; this
is my stand!
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