From YINKA FABOWALE, Akure
They are what the late Ibadan maverick and Machiavellian powerbroker, Alhaji Lamidi Adedibu, described in his lifetime as “Ibon Oselu nun” (that is political gunfire).
Whoever they are targeted at is bound to be neutralised politically. It is for short, propaganda (half truths or falsehood garbed as facts) often deployed to undermine political enemies in political contests.
The governorship election held last Saturday in Ondo State was not without its own share of propaganda brickbats. Now that the election has been won and lost, Daily Sun serves you the lies and facts. PDP to ACN–
Lie: Rotimi Akeredolu, ACN candidate could not vote, as he was not registered as a voter in the state.
Fact: Partially true, Akeredolu was registered in Ibadan but as the law permits, transferred his franchise to his hometown in Owo through INEC ever before the charge.
Lie: The former NBA president was indicted for alleged corruption over N3 million printing contract while serving the association.
Fact: The body of SANs, a collegiate of past presidents of NBA actually gave Akeredolu a clean bill over the alleged scam.
Lie: Akeredolu, as attorney-general and justice commissioner in the state, joined Navy Captain Onyearugbulem, the state administrator then to humiliate the late Pa Michael Ajasin in Owo town.
Fact: Akeredolu was actually appointed after the incident, as a damage control measure being from Owo and being close to the Ajasin family.
Lie: Akeredolu is unpopular in his home town, having buried his father in Ibadan as against the demand of traditions and elders that the body be interred in Owo.
Fact: Rev. J. Ola Akeredolu’s marble graveyard lies in St. Andrews Cathedral Cemetery, Iselu, Owo. ACN to PDP–Lie: Olusegun Mimiko is an Ebira man from Kogi State.
Fact: The Ondo State governor’s ancestral roots as a true Ondo native had been established to date back to the inception of the Yoruba town itself.
Lie: Mimiko is anti-Yoruba by being against regional integration being promoted by the ACN.
Fact: The Ondo State governor participated as co-owner of Odua Investments Company Ltd, a conglomerate owned by the five South-west states of Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti State.
He has expressed readiness to collaborate with his brother governors in advancing the interest of the zone, while retaining his political independence shot.
Lie: Mimiko is hobnobbing with PDP and so is liable for helping to destroy Nigeria as the party.
Fact: The governor may truly have been trying to maintain his relationship with top guns of the PDP but has stoutly insisted he would never quit LP.
Lie: Mimiko’s administration’s achievements and projects are cosmetic and a fluke.
Fact: The governor’s accomplishments speak for themselves–mega school, Abiye programme, urban renewal, water projects, rural development, etc.