APC releases Statement; berates Opposition Parties over Fake News

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council has issued a statement, condemning the spread of fake news about its presidential candidate, Mr. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

In a statement signed on Sunday, November 13, 2022 by Mr. Bayo Onanuga, the Council’s Director, Media and Publicity, the APC warned that sponsoring fake news against Mr. Tinubu Ahmed will not help Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Mr. Peter Obi of the opposition parties.
“The opposition People’s Democratic Party and its subsidiary Labour Party having realized they have no sure path to victory in the February 2023 presidential election upped their campaign of calumny, disinformation and misinformation on Saturday by sponsoring fake news against the All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. 
“They did it by forging the letterhead of the Independent National Electoral Commission and the signature of its national commissioner, Festus Okoye.
“The forged statement purportedly issued by the INEC was disseminated to deceive the gullible public that the INEC was investigating allegations against Asiwaju Tinubu. This, 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 organizations 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 cahoots 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.
“Our candidate has consistently said he will make this campaign about issues that affect the lives of Nigerians and how to proffer workable and enduring solutions that will improve quality of life of our people who are looking for leaders at all levels to improve their lives and sow them seeds of prosperity in our country. 
“He has demonstrated this resolve by publishing an 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 organization 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 statement read.
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