Alleged false reportage: Oluwo writes PM News

…says I didn’t indict Ambode

….wants the purveyor of the fake news punished

Immediate past Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo, has written a letter to the management of the PMNEWS to complain about its recent publication where one of its reporters alleged that he indicted the former governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, when he appeared before the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee, investigating the purchase of 820 BRT buses by the former governor.

Oluwo said the report which alleged that he and his colleague, Toyin Suarau, indicted Mr. Akinwumi Ambode was a figment of the imagination of the reporter.

He, however, said it was only PMNEWS who slanted its reportage to suit a particular narrative of ‘crucify Ambode’ at all cost.

The former Commissioner said it will serve the course of truth and professional journalism if this misconduct is investigated by the management of Independent Communications Network Limited (Publishers of PM News) and promptly corrected. 

According to him, “By so doing, PM News would have succeeded in convincing the general public that it is unbiased and capable of staying above the fray in this high-wire political events unfolding in Lagos State.” The letter read.

Below is the full text of the letter.

OLUWO OLAWALE WASIU

Tel: 08037170796   Email: oluwo@yahoo.com

October 16, 2019

The Managing Director

Independent Communications Network Limited (Publishers of PM News)

27, Acme Road, Agidingbi

Ikeja

Lagos.

Dear Sir,

PM NEWS REPORTAGE OF PROCEEDINGS AT THE LAGOS STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY COMMITTEES

I refer to the PM News report of October 15, 2019, regarding the proceedings of the Lagos State House of Assembly Committees probing the purchase of 820 buses by the Akinwunmi Ambode administration. The news report, headlined “AMBODE SHUNS LAGOS ASSEMBLY AGAIN, EX-AIDES INDICT HIM”, contains a particularly offensive phrase that reads “Former Commissioners for Agriculture and Energy, Toyin Suarau and Wale Oluwo said many of the projects, including the Oshodi Interchange and others were never captured in the state budget”. That report is completely false and indeed a misrepresentation of the proceedings. For the record, I wish to state the facts as follows:

1. I attended the second session of the Committee proceedings on October 15, 2019 and cannot remember seeing a reporter of PM News inside the Committee room;

2. The Ex-Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Toyin Suarau, and I were called into the Committee room at the same time. So, the questions asked both of us were in the open;

3. Suarau was asked questions on the Lagos State Rice Mill project in Imota while I was asked questions on the LED-UK street lights installations (a UK Exim Bank funded project).

4. I answered the committee’s questions to the best of the information available to me and at no time was anyone of us asked questions on Oshodi Interchange or any other projects outside the two mentioned above;

5. It is therefore very disturbing how a reporter of PM News, purportedly designated to cover the State House of assembly Committee proceedings, came about the report that “Suarau and Oluwo said many of the projects including the Oshodi Interchange and others were never captured in the state budget”….this is rather strange;

I have read the reports of all the other news media on the same event and found out that this false and offensive reportage is limited to ONLY PM News. For the avoidance of doubt, I reiterate that I DID NOT AND COULD NEVER HAVE INDICTED FORMER GOVERNOR AKINWUNMI AMBODE!!! I am a committed democrat, a loyal team player and a strong believer in the principle of collective responsibility.

It will serve the course of truth and professional journalism if this misconduct is investigated by the management of Independent Communications Network Limited (Publishers of PM News) and promptly corrected. By so doing, PM News would have succeeded in convincing the general public that it is unbiased and capable of staying above the fray in this high-wire political events unfolding in Lagos State.

Yours faithfully,

OLAWALE OLUWO

(Immediate past Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Lagos State).

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