Ize-Iyamu slams Nigerian Media for downplaying on violence in Edo poll

Ize-Iyamu slams Nigerian Media for downplaying on violence in Edo poll

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The Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has berated the Nigerian Media Organizations of bias, with a caution to distil fiction from facts.

He accused the Media of downplaying on violence recorded during the poll, which different Stakeholders including his party as free, fair and credible.

Ize-Iyamu, through his campaign Organisation, in a statement by the Director of Communication and Media, Prince John Mayaki, called on the traditional Media to always perform due diligence in reporting events arising from Edo, stressing that unprofessionalism would render them as tools for Peoples Democratic party (PDP)

He said: “I only wish most of the media had been more professional during the election in Edo State but they were not. What is done is done.

“They (the Media) pretended not to know how violent and anti-democratic the election was in many parts of Edo State, including Egor Local Government Area in Benin City.

“So, they (the media) reported that the election was free and fair. Going forward, let them (the media) verify all news before passing it on. It is the basic ethic of the profession”.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared Governor Godwin Obaseki as the winner of September 19, 2020 governorship election in Edo State.

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Prof. Agofure Rukeh of Federal University of Petroleum Technology, Efurun, Delta State who doubled as the State returning Electoral Officer in the election, returned Obaseki re-elected after he polled 307,955 valid votes to defeat his closest rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619 votes in the election.

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