Nigerian Governor Diri Denies Link to Sex Tape Scandal in South Africa

Nigerian Governor Diri Denies Link to Sex Tape Scandal in South Africa (News Central TV)

Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri on Saturday declared that he does not know Zanele Sifuba, a member of parliament from South Africa, and has no communication with him.

Due to a leaked video footage, Sifuba is at the centre of a growing sex controversy in South Africa.

Kola Oredipe, the governor’s director of new media, stated in a statement that Diri hasn’t visited South Africa in the previous ten years and called media stories linking the governor to the hot topic concerning the female South African MP a mere distraction.

According to Oredipe, the Facebook account where the post was published with the woman’s apparent permission was made on November 10, 2022, a Thursday.

He clarified that the incident first surfaced on South African social media on October 31 and was associated with an unidentified Nigerian kid, adding that those responsible for the post perverted it by creating a bogus account using the governor’s photograph with the intention of damaging his reputation.

He questioned why the governor of Bayelsa State would turn to blackmail in order to obtain N8 million, and he pleaded with the populace to disregard the tale because it was false and without foundation.

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The statement titled, ‘Trending South African Sex Story: A Mere Distraction’ reads, “Our attention has been drawn to a fake news circulating online about Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State over an alleged nude video leak of a South African female legislator, Zanele Sifuba.

“The post linking the governor to the allegation suddenly appeared on the Facebook page purportedly belonging to the woman after trending for more than a week.

“Our investigation however revealed that the said account is fake and was only created on Thursday, November 10, 2022.

“For a scandal that initially appeared on the South African media space on October 31 and was first linked to a ‘Nigerian youth,’ it is obvious those behind the new twist opened the parody account with the deliberate intention to tarnish the image of the Bayelsa Governor.

“Sadly, even without any effort to confirm the ridiculous allegation against the governor of a state, a few Nigerian online platforms rushed to publish the fake news from the ‘Zanele Sifuba Facebook’ account without investigating its source.

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“Let it be stated without any equivocation that Governor Diri does not know and has had no contact nor relationship with the said woman at the centre of the scandal. He has also not been to South Africa in the last 10 years.

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“While we have read about a purported attempt to collect R300,000 from her, the ‘young blackmailer’ is certainly not Governor Diri.

“Ask the question: why would a governor of an oil-rich state resort to blackmail for a mere R300,000 (about N8 million)? This is simply ridiculous.

“Clearly, political mischief-makers have gone on overdrive in their desperation to tarnish the reputation of a hard working, calm, peaceful and focused Governor of Bayelsa State.

“This story is just another failed attempt to distract the man that is single-minded on his developmental agenda for his state and who has in the last six weeks devoted his time and energy to managing the devastating flood that hit Bayelsa.

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“The public is, therefore, advised to discountenance the news as it lacks merit and has no bearing whatsoever with the Bayelsa Governor.

“Let it also be stated that there are consequences for publishing falsehood. The anonymity of the social media should not serve as shield for calumny and character assassination, with grave legal implications. Unfortunately, those portals circulating this unverified post have fallen into the trap and its repercussions.”

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