The All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised an alarm over what it described as desperate plans to create panic and scare voters from voting for President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming elections.
Festus Keyamo, spokesperson of the APC Presidential Campaign Council
alleged that the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has employed this means in a move similar to how the party hired Cambridge Analytica in 2015 for the same purpose.
According to him, sources within the PDP claim that these plans involve releasing fake news everyday until the presidential elections.
In a statement signed by Keyamo on Sunday, it was noted that “These fake news would consist of doctored videos and audio clips and fake news reports from fake news sites.”
He stated further that, ” Two of such fake news in the series have already been released through their proxies and nameless individuals. The first is an audio clip of a supposed “nurse” of President Muhammadu Buhari telling voters that the President is sick and cannot govern for another four years.
“We understand that a Nigerian girl whose real name is Sandra and who used a fake British accent did the said recording somewhere in Maitama in a house belonging to a PDP chieftain. Security operatives are already on her trail.
“The second fake news released is on the purported death of Leah Sharibu. This is a lie from the pit of hell as the Federal Government’s effort to set her free has reached an advanced stage.
“The other fake news lined up for the next few days by the PDP and Atiku’s handlers would consist of similar doctored audios, videos and fake news with no link to credible news sites, the statement read.
The ruling Party warned the PDP against spreading fake news adding that despite their desperate moves, “Nigerians are not yet prepared to forgive them for their 16 years of misrule, mismanagement and outright stealing of our national resources.”
“Nigerians should therefore be on the alert regarding these series of fake news in the next few days,” Keyamo said
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