An alarm has been raised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) over alleged moves by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to generate fake news to defame Bola Tinubu three weeks to the ballot.
A dedicated team raised by Atiku Abubakar for the purpose has been constituted and is “working day and night” from the PDP headquarters in Abuja to hit the APC presidential candidate, said PCC Media and Publicity Director Bayo Onanuga.
The PDP has also “recruited many social media actors to carry out the campaign of calumny by proxy,” Onanuga announced in a statement issued in Abuja.
“We uncovered this evil plot targeted to manipulate Nigerians and most especially Northerners to see Bola Tinubu in bad light as the only way for the PDP and its failing presidential campaign to have a chance at the February 25 presidential election.
“We consider it necessary at this point to alert Nigerians to this evil plan capable of causing disharmony, ill-will and needless crisis with attendant security implications in the country.
“The PDP and their hired social media influencers have already started pushing their nefarious contents by spoofing and using parody social media accounts of popular newspapers and blogs to disseminate fake news with the sole aim of hoodwinking gullible Nigerians.
“Part of the PDP’s evil machinations will be to make false claims and allegations against President Muhammadu Buhari, Tinubu, his running mate, Kashim Shettima and other APC National, Regional, Zonal and State leaders in manipulated videos, doctored voice overs, photoshop images and other means all in a bid to win election by hook or crook.”
PDP rubbishes alarm
But PDP Deputy National Publicity Secretary Ibrahim Abdullahi accused the APC of having castigated Atiku, PDP presidential candidate, without the party raising any alarm.
“Where is this rumour coming from? If what they say the PDP is about to do is not true, why are they losing sleep? If they are clean, why are they worried?” Abdullahi wondered, according to reporting by The PUNCH.
“As far as we are concerned, the rumour emanated from the pit of hell. We are not aware of this. Whatever they fear that PDP will say, if it is not true, it will not hold any water. Have they not done the same thing about our own presidential candidate?”