From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos
Plateau state government has denied the report by the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) , that one Abdullahi Yada’u of Kanam local government area of the state had divorced his wife, Hafsat Suleiman, for insisting to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.
The development had prompted the state to investigate the authenticity of the report which according to investigation, the person that spoke to BBC was Yada’u from the said area.
Our correspondent has also done thorough investigation in the area to identify Yada’u, the husband said to have spoken to BBC. Based on investigation, there is someone who bears “Abdullahi Yada’u” but was never the one who spoke to BBC.
This paper further found that even the person claimed to be her brother and responded to BBC on her behalf was not her brother. It was learnt that the BBC was deceived by the newsmakers who spoke to BBC on the issue.
When contacted, a resident of Munbutbo Ward, of Garga District, Kanam LGA, where the divorcee hails from, Junaidu Muhammad, also said the newsmakers were not ones spoken to BBC on the matter, adding that noting of such had happened.
The State Commissioner of Information and Communication, Yakubu Dati, faulted the report in a statement to journalists saying the story was fake and should be discarded.
“The government conducted a thorough investigation and discovered that no such incident took place in Kanam or any part of Plateau State. The publication is meant to create sensation and tension in the polity aimed at creating confusion amongst the populace.
“President Buhari’s supporters are passionate Nigerians whose number is rising by the day and would stand by him no matter the circumstances because they believe and trust in his quest to make the country better.
“This fake news is the handiwork of the opposition element who are already scared of the massive turn out of the supporters at the presidential rally at the Rwang Pam stadium,” the statement added.