The South African Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has in a statement made available to newsmen a moment ago debunked the death of its party chairman.
According to the party, its chairman is hale and hearty contrary to the rumoured reports. Noting that Dr Taiye Olusola Abe who was reported dead a few moments ago was not its chairman as stipulated but a staunch pillar of the Nigerian community in South Africa.
Naija News had reported earlier that Dr. Taiye Olusola Abe, the Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in South Africa, has died aged 65 years. The development was disclosed in a condolence message signed by the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
However, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC in South Africa, Sani David, in the statement delivered to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos State today revealed that Bola Babarinde, its party chairman is not dead.
The statement reads; “The APC South Africa Chapter is aware of the passing away of Mr. Taiye Olusola Abe, who was until his death a staunch pillar of the Nigerian community in South Africa.”
“The APC South Africa chapter has offered their condolences and also wish to use this medium to commiserate with the family of the deceased on the loss of their loved one who died after a brief illness.
“However, the APC South Africa Chapter deems it necessary to issue this press release to state categorically that the late Mr. Taiye Olusola Abe was not its chairman. The bonafide Chairman of the APC South Africa is Engr. Bola Babarinde, who is still very much alive, hale and hearty,” Sani noted.
“The APC South Africa is, therefore, calling the attention of the various media organisations who may have published the false and misleading report of the death of its chairman to kindly retract such reports. We, therefore, urge them to let the public know that Engr. Bola Babarinde, the Chairman of the APC South Africa is not dead,” the statement added.
Source: Naija News