The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bolaji Tinubu has debunked news that he opposed the ongoing construction of Cargo Airport in Ekiti State.
The Media Office of APC National Leader, said the online platform framed the former governor of Lagos state, maintaining that the news is inaccurate.
Daily Post on Saturday reported that the APC National leader said that there is no need for an airport in Ado-Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State.
Asiwaju Tinubu, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, the Obi of Onitsha, His Royal Majesty, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe and Professor Anthony Olusegun Adegbulugbe, were conferred with honorary degrees at at the recent 10th anniversary and 7th convocation ceremony of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD).
Tinubu, according to the online platform told the event host, Chief Afe Babalola, Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and other dignitaries that the State does not need an airport.
The media team of APC National Leader in a statement obtained by WESTERN POST on Sunday , said, “This is inaccurate and incorrect reporting. It is yet another in the plethora of fake news that dots the land, which lamentably is the bane of many an online news platform.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Asiwaju Tinubu is not opposed to the cargo airport being developed in Ekiti because of its potential to aid the development of the state through rapid movement of agricultural products, goods and experts.
“What the APC leader is opposed to and in fact spoke against in Ado-Ekiti is creating another main airport since there is already one in neighbouring Akure in Ondo State. This bears restating in order to put the record straight.
“Asiwaju also condemned the tardy services at the Akure Airport whereby planes could not land at 8 am because some key navigational officers had not reported for duty at that business hour, promising to take the matter up with the appropriate authorities.
“The authors of that fake report were either clearly mis-informed or deliberately out to create mischief and cause disaffection between Asiwaju and the authorities working on the cargo airport or perhaps to use Asiwaju’s good name as an alibi to scuttle the plans for the cargo airport.
“This is not right. We need to restate here again that good journalism demands that journalists operate in line with the demands of their creed, top of which are accuracy and objectivity. And the Daily Post report is miserably deficient in this important professional requirement.”