A group known as Africa CSO RoundTable Forum has refuted allegations that the MD/CEO of Aiteo Group, Mr Benny Peters, is one of the alleged financiers of The ‘Third Force’ – a political movement aimed at replacing the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the dominant political parties in Nigeria.

In a statement jointly signed by its National President, Efezemo Isaac, and the National Secretary, Mamojasa Anthony, described the report as false, baseless and mischievous.

They debunked the rumors saying there is no iota of truth to the report as Mr Peters has not met with or agreed with or given funds to any person or group of persons for the establishment and maintenance of any political movement in Nigeria or anywhere else in the world and does not have the intention to do so.

“Mr. Benny Peters is currently committed to many pursuits across Africa. These include the expansion of his business empire and the scope of business of the Aiteo Group across several African countries. They also include many acts of philanthropy, medicine and medical research dedicated to seeking cures for several ailments which plague Africa, and investment in sports and sports development of Africa’s teeming youth population as a panacea for development.

“Mr. Peters has no interest whatsoever in putting his money in political ventures but remains dedicated to raising a new generation of African entrepreneurs and young leaders across the African continent. Although many politicians continue to visit Mr. Peters due to his growing influence, he has made it categorically clear that he has no interest whatsoever in supporting any political venture either in Nigeria or in any other country on the continent.

According to the statement, Mr Isaac said, “we are not surprised by the lack of professionalism displayed by Sahara Reporters. It has gained a reputation as an unprofessional news platform which promotes the dissemination of fake news aimed at besmirching the public images of many people.

He stated further that apparently, Mr Peters is one of its targets which explains the series of false reports published against him on the platform. Otherwise, the professional action would have been for Sahara Reporters to reach out to Mr Peters through any of a number of known channels to confirm the veracity of this “exclusive”.

He urged the general public in Nigeria and abroad to completely disregard this unprofessional piece of work for what it is – FAKE NEWS.

“Sahara Reporters is a badly run, unprofessional news platform which has issues with tax evasion in the United States of America where it’s servers are domiciled. It is a news platform sorely lacking in credibility, integrity or any principles of decent journalistic conduct, the statement added.