Desist From Armchair Journalism, Delta Former SSG, Macaulay Cautions Okowa’s Aide

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Delta state former Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Ovuozourie Macaulay, the Okiroro of Isoko nation, has cautioned Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe, the Executive Assistant on Communications to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to desist from what he referred to as “armchair journalism.

Macaulay, former Delta state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) and Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ), gave the caution while reacting to story credited to Oghenesivbe, which is currently going viral on social media.

According to the report, Oghenesivbe claimed that the former labour leader, granted him interview where he berated his boss and immediate Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan “for abandoning a party (PDP), that baby-nursed him from semi-poverty as a medical doctor with a low-key lifestyle to a prosperous individual of enormous proportion.”

Oghenesivbe story is titled “Delta Decides 2019. Nothing For APC In Isoko Nation; Gov Okowa, Senator James Manager Our Mandate-Former SSG Ovuzorie Macaulay.”.

But in a statement titled I am Not A Fan Of Armchair Journalism”, signed by the media assistant to Ovuozourie Macaulay, Iteveh Ekpokpobe, noted that “ordinarily Ovuozourie Macaulay, wouldn’t incite a response due to its Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) orientation. However, there were issues raised which must be addressed for the sake of posterity.

“In the first instance, Macaulay never discussed any issue with the writer. He was at the verge of exiting the PDP Campaign Secretariat in Asaba when Latimore ran into him. Been acquaintances for decades, Latimore sought his permission to take a photo shot with him which he obliged. It ended there. There was never any discussion except exchange of pleasantries. Hence, Macaulay is most perplexed about claims contained in that article, to say the least. 

“Being a veteran journalist, Macaulay is not a fan of armchair journalism. He does not hope to change that stand either in future. He will never be a fan of armchair journalism, which is obviously on crass display with that article.

“Latimore claimed that Macaulay “berated the former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan for abandoning a party (PDP), that baby-nursed him from semi-poverty as a medical doctor with a low-key lifestyle to a prosperous individual of enormous proportion…” A claim taken too far.

“Macaulay is known for many virtues including respecting his elders. He would not insult his elders. He would not insult his boss. That they are now on different sides of a political divide will not be a yardstick for such attitude. 

“He took his stand to remain in the PDP as a matter of principle. Macaulay has instituted structures for the party ahead of the elections. He is a member of the National and State campaign councils of the party. He has campaigned vigorously for the party. He is still campaigning. But he holds it dear that his campaigns are issues based.

“Insulting his former boss, who by age, is his elder brother, will not be part of his campaign and winning strategy. The former SSG believes in issues based campaign and will continue to go by that dictate. As a matter of reiteration, he posits that latimore’s claims never emanated from him. Never.” the statement concluded.

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