“We are not in any way surprised by the antics of the sinking opposition parties. What we found shocking was how quickly some compromised media organisations gulped the falsehood, hook, line and sinker, without attempting to verify.”
The Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the sponsorship of fake news against its presidential flag bearer in the 2023 presidential election, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, saying such can best be described as the antics of a sinking opposition.
Director of Media and Publicity of the council, Bayo Onanuga, in a statement released on Sunday in Abuja said although it was very glaring that some forces are jittery about the impending electoral victory of Tinubu, he however said their disinformation and misinformation on Saturday was a desperation carried too far.
Condemning the forged letterhead of the Independent National Electoral Commission and the signature of its national commissioner, Festus Okoye, the APC Campaign Council called on the Police to investigate the brains behind the letter and to punish such sponsors of fake news.
Decrying the action in the statement, APC-PCC said: “The forged statement purportedly issued by INEC was disseminated to deceive the gullible public that INEC was investigating allegations against Asiwaju Tinubu that, they desperately hoped, will ultimately lead to the disqualification of the frontline APC Presidential candidate.
“We are not in any way surprised by the antics of the sinking opposition parties. What we found shocking was how quickly some compromised media organisations gulped the falsehood, hook, line and sinker, without attempting to verify.
“We understand why they did so: the forgery and its narrative fit their mindset of throwing overboard every known virtue of ethical journalism and professionalism, as they work in cahoot with the opposition to defame Asiwaju Tinubu.
“This inglorious path has been taken before since 2003 and in the run-up to the primaries of the ruling APC that produced Asiwaju Tinubu as the presidential torch bearer. Those who took this damned path of infamy lost their bet because Asiwaju Tinubu stands rock solid and indestructible.”
The campaign council reiterated Tinubu’s resolve to make his campaign about issues that affect the lives of Nigerians and how to proffer workable and enduring solutions that will improve the quality of life of our people who are looking for leaders at all levels to improve their lives and sow seeds of prosperity in our country.
This, the council noted, was demonstrated in the 80-page manifesto tagged “Action plan for a better Nigeria,” which he has been selling to strategic sectoral groups in the country.
“We had hoped anyone aspiring to lead our country at this time will be a natural subscriber to this noble and higher goal.
“It is clear the opposition parties and purveyors of fake news have other negative ideas: they want to make this election cycle more about muckraking and mudslinging.
“While we want to stay above the fray and stand by our commitment to inspire our people and restore their faith and confidence in the immense goodness and greatness of our country, we want to serve notice to all the agents of disinformation and their collaborating media platforms, that our campaign organisation stands ready to confront and fight all libellous and defamatory publications against Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“We shall no longer allow the prevailing recklessness and utter disregard for professional judgment to continue unchallenged.
“We also call on the police to investigate the circulation of the forged INEC statement and serve justice to those responsible,” the council demanded.