The Rivers government has accused defeated presidential candidates of being behind those spreading fake news against Governor Nyesom Wike.
According to punch, the Rivers State Governor has been the subject of numerous false stories and outdated information on social media.
Remember how on March 2 there was a bogus story that the governor's only son had been shot and killed in California? The false information was, however, refuted.
Chris Finebone, the commissioner for information and communications for Rivers, claimed in a statement on Sunday that lost presidential aspirants had spread false information about Wike in an effort to mislead Nigerians.
He claimed that the state government's preliminary inquiry "found that the plot is the work of opposition social media urchins."
"Their easiest style, so far, is to find old phony movies that have been exposed in the past, alter them, and spread them as if they are authentic and up to date," the statement continues.
"First, they altered an old audio recording from 2016 and shared it in cyberspace with a recent clip featuring the governor and another person in order to damage the governor's reputation before the most recent Presidential Election.
Their primary goal was to win over a particular group of Rivers voters. Second, after receiving a beating in last Saturday's presidential election, they furiously posted another fake story online claiming that the governor's son in the US had been fatally injured. This claim was a lie straight out of the pit of hell because the governor doesn't have a child there.
"With the Presidential election behind us, these folks have gone back to fabricate more bogus news. This time, they used an old video clip from February 26, 2019, in which Col. Aminu Iliyasu, the former deputy director of army public relations for the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, made unfounded accusations against Governor Wike in the wake of the governor's confrontation with the army over the governor's valiant resistance to the military, which was determined to rig the 2019 governorship election in favor of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In order to depict the governor as someone who is planning to compromise the military for the upcoming governorship race, these individuals took that video clip, chopped it out of context, and distributed it on social media. Their nefarious actions are dishonorable, illegal, and nasty.
"The Rivers State Government is using this medium to, once again, urge the general public, civil society, and the international community to discountenance the in question video and all such false information these people and their likes will try to mislead the public with as the March 11, 2023, governorship election draws near," the statement reads.
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