Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has denied the sex tape saying he does not know nor have contact nor relationship with a South African parliamentarian, Zanele Sifuba.
Sifuba is at the centre of a trending sex scandal in South Africa over a leaked video tape.
In a statement by the director of News Media to the Governor, Kola Oredipe,explained that Diri has not been to South Africa in the last ten years and described media reports linking the governor to the trending story involving the female South African parliamentarian, as a mere distraction.
Oredipe said that the Facebook account on which the post was made purportedly belonging to the woman was created on Thursday, November 10, 2022.
He explained that the scandal first appeared in the social media in South Africa on Oct 31, and was linked to an unnamed Nigeria youth adding that those behind the post twisted it with a fake account with the governor’s image with the intent to tarnish his image.
“The public is, therefore, advised to discountenance the news as it lacks merit and has no bearing whatsoever with the Bayelsa Governor and it is untrue which lacks merit.”
Kola added that there are consequences for publishing falsehood and 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.”
Recall that there were several news report claiming Governor Diri was linked to the sex tape link scandal with Zanele Sifuba, a South Africa parliamentarian that was leaked earlier in the week.