How spin doctors put a spin on Wike

Where did the alleged story of the rejection of an offer of a senatorial ticket to Governor Nyesom Wike by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the APC come from?

This is the question that most people who are following developments across the country are asking at the moment.

Apparently, a fake version of what Governor Wike said while having a live media chat last Friday has been put in the mill by spin doctors.

According to reports which have found their way to the internet, Wike is quoted as saying during the press briefing that he rejected an offer made by the Asiwaju, urging him to run for the Senate on the platform of the APC.

What has been put out as what Wike said on live television does not in any way compare with what he explained on TV.

The Port Harcourt Telegraph which monitored the interactive session on Channels Television said there was nowhere Wike dropped Tinubu’s name.

This publication has similarly seen videos that are trending online. Wike does not in any of them mention the name of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Wike had rather explained in course of the interview that instead of taking a senatorial seat as some who equally ran for the presidency have done, he had ensured that a part of his district that has never been to the Senate got the chance under his watch to aspire.

There was no time Wike referred openly or directly to any of the presidential aspirants who scrambled to gain a foothold into the senate.

Kelvin Ebiri, Media Assistant to Governor Wike dismissed the claim that his principal mentioned the name of the APC presidential candidate as claimed by some online publications.

“We wish to state emphatically that this news is false, baseless and ludicrous as the Rivers State governor throughout the media chat never mentioned the name of the APC presidential candidate or alluded to him offering him a senatorial ticket.

“To lay the facts bare, we have decided to include herein the transcript of what governor Wike said concerning senatorial form”, Ebiri noted.

Wike had told his interviewers, “First of all, this is how you know those who are prepared to run an election.

“Some of them collected presidential form at the same time collected senatorial form. You’ll know that those people are not serious to run.

“I never collected senatorial form. Even after the whole thing, people said come and go for Senate, I said no. I won’t do that.

“I’ve already made a commitment that this Senate ticket should be zoned to this area (Etche) because they’ve never had it before. I must not be in power.”

Ebiri said the media has a responsibility to tell and protect the truth, noting that society is going through a period dominated by divisive tendencies.

“In an era of increasingly divisive political climate”, Ebiri observed, “the tendency to pervert the truth is extremely high.

“It is on this basis that we wish to remind journalists that journalism’s first obligation is to the truth.

Turning attention to reports already published, Ebiri declared, “We, therefore, urge the unsuspecting public not to give any credence to this false, baseless and ill motivated reports.”

The Telegraph has traced the mix up in what Wike allegedly said to at least two internet based newspapers.