By Tony Ehighiale, Benin
The campaign organisation of a governorship aspirant in the Edo StateÂ chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Ize-Iyamu hasÂ denied media reports indicating that its principal has been arrestedby the the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).Â In a press statement by the Media Unit of the campaign organisation onÂ Friday, it said the report was sponsored by those apprehensive of
Ize-Iyamuâ€™s swelling popularity and deliberately cooked by theÂ reporter to lower his reputation.
According to the statement, â€˜â€™We know for a fact that journalistsÂ often describe the essence of their work as finding and presenting theÂ facts and also the truth about the facts. But in his report, Ben
Ogbemudia failed woefully to present his facts.
â€˜â€™He allowed himself to be used by political opponents of PastorÂ Osagie Ize-Iyamu to misinform his audience. Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Â was never arrested by EFCC as reported by Ben Ogbemudia.â€™â€™
â€˜â€™A phone call to either the EFCC or Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu wouldÂ have saved the reporter and his organisation of the fraudulent andÂ outright unethical conduct. As we all know in journalism, the
discipline of verification and its intellectual foundation rests onÂ three core concepts â€“ transparency, humility, and originality.
â€˜â€™We are not surprised about the reporterâ€™s ethical misconduct. He hasÂ consistently shown bias against our aspirant — in reporting theÂ on-going process for September 10 governorship election. Ben OgbemudiaÂ has consistently allowed his audience to be deceived by deliberatelyÂ acts of outright falsehood like his latest report.â€™â€™
As the process leading to the governorship election enters a criticalÂ and crucial stage, the Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign OrganisationÂ advised journalists, especially correspondents in Edo State, to keep
open minds â€” not only about what they hear but also about their ownÂ ability to understand what it means, exercise humility and avoidÂ arrogance about their knowledge.
â€˜â€™Our journalist friends need to be fair to all the aspirants andÂ candidates in the election; they should avoid reports that will lowerÂ their media organisationâ€™s reputation in the estimation of very
knowledgeable audience by keeping to the sound ethical conduct ofÂ journalism practice.â€™â€™
Ize-Iyamu reiterated that his mission in the race is to bring realÂ development and prosperity to its citizens and focus on comprehensiveÂ and sustainable development that encompasses several aspects includingÂ improvement of infrastructure, health, education, human resourceÂ development, job creation, industrialisation, agriculture, securityÂ and improvement of municipal services in the state.
He added, â€œWe cannot continue in lamentation and suffering. Now is theÂ time to change the unfortunate change. And the future they have alwaysÂ told us to wait for is not in another time; it is not in another
election; it is now. This is what I represent and it is what I presentÂ to you; take it!â€™â€™
The PDP hopeful aspirant said he had analysed the challenges facingÂ the state, consulted widely across the state, and on the basis of hisÂ partyâ€™s manifesto, had come up with a robust blueprint to launch Edo
State on the path to sustainable prosperity and holistic development.
As he proceed on the journey, Ize-Yamu added that he is mindful of theÂ huge challenges ahead of him and the apprehension of his adversariesÂ and their desperation to maintain the status quo, in spite of the
cloud of depression that they have casted over the land, advisingÂ journalists to maintain a free level playing arena for all theÂ candidates.