The APC presidential campaign council has accused the opposition PDP of planning to spread fake news to discredit the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, as the country counts down to elections on February 25.

Fake news and misinformation are twin evils that Nigerians often face during election campaigns and elections.

Politicians like to spread fake news, especially through social media platforms, to discredit their opponents.

The campaign council in a statement signed on Sunday by its director of media and publicity, Bayo Onanuga, said the PDP has hired many social media players to help carry out the smear campaign against Tinubu and the APC for can.

The statement noted that in order to carry out the sinister plot, the PDP has created many parody social media accounts such as ‘Vanguard Hausa’, ‘Dailyand Trust Hausa’ to circulate fake news on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, What’s’spp and other digital platforms. .

The APC CCP advised the two newspapers, Daily Trust and Vanguard, to inform Facebook and Meta that they have been cloned by fake news dealers, for political offensives, planned by the PDP.

The statement urged Nigerians and more especially those in Northern Nigeria not to be fooled, saying that the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, know they cannot win the upcoming elections.

“They also know that Nigerians will never vote for the PDP to take over the leadership of Nigeria after inflicting 16 years of misery on Nigerians,” a part of the statement read.

Read the full statement below:


We want to alert Nigerians to the sinister moves and plans orchestrated by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to unleash a wave of fake news, especially in the Hausa language, to slander, defame and delegitimize Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the APC in the face of the nigerians.

This smear campaign of the PDP has already been honed with a dedicated team working around the clock from the PDP’s national headquarters at Wadata House, Abuja.

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The party has also recruited many social media actors to carry out the proxy smear campaign.

We uncovered this evil plot aimed at manipulating Nigerians and especially Northerners into looking down on Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the only way the PDP and its failed presidential campaign have a chance in the February 25 presidential election.

We deem it necessary at this point to alert the minds of Nigerians to this evil plan capable of causing disharmony, ill will and an unnecessary crisis with attendant security implications in the country.

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The PDP and their hired social media influencers have already started pushing their nefarious content by faking and using parody social media accounts of popular newspapers and blogs to spread fake news with the sole aim of deceiving gullible Nigerians.

Many parody social media accounts have been created, such as ‘Vanguard Hausa’, ‘DailyTrust Hausa’, which are also used to spread fake news on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and other digital platforms.

On Facebook, we found out that Daily Trust Hausa was first created as KRK Media on August 9, 2021. It changed its name to Daily Trust Media on December 7, 2022, and has a fake website address.

A second Daily Trust Hausa Facebook account was created on August 13, 2022 as Facos News Hausa, with the aim of publishing posts about musicians. It changed its name on December 29, 2022, just 22 days after its other clone.

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All these parody Facebook accounts were used by the PDP on Saturday to post malicious fake news that trucks carrying old Naira notes belonging to Tinubu were arrested in Lagos.

For clarification, the Daily Trust publishes an article in Hausa called Aminiya, which is also on Facebook under the same name. We are not aware of Vanguard having a similar publication.

We implore the two newspapers, Daily Trust and Vanguard, to inform Facebook and Meta that they have been cloned by fake news peddlers, for political offensives, masterminded by the PDP.

Part of the PDP’s evil machinations will be to make false claims and accusations against President Muhammadu Buhari, Asiwaju Tinubu, his running mate Senator Kashim Shettima and other APC national, regional, zonal and state leaders in doctored videos, voiceovers altered and Photoshop images. and other means, all in an attempt to win the election by hook or by crook.

The PDP and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, know that they cannot win the next elections. They also know that Nigerians will never vote for the PDP to take over the leadership of Nigeria after inflicting 16 years of misery on Nigerians.

The legacies left by the party were insecurity, the mismanaged economy, the looted treasury, the abandoned national infrastructure in roads, energy, ports, railways, oil pipelines, among many others. The Buhari administration is still struggling to undo the massive damage done to our country by the party.

With Atiku’s presidential campaign headed for failure, the PDP hopes in vain to avoid imminent electoral defeat by sponsoring a coordinated fake news attack on APC, our presidential candidate and even the government.

We use this medium to urge Nigerians and especially our compatriots in Northern Nigeria not to be fooled.

Atiku and the PDP have nothing good to offer Nigerians other than their rabid ambition to enrich himself, his family and friends, as audio and video leaks from Atiku’s former media aide Mike Achimugu reveal.

The APC administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is working hard to solve many of Nigeria’s decades-old problems across all sectors and it is only another APC administration of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Senator Kashim Shettima that can continue, sustain and improve the trajectory. of good government. which started from 2015.

Onanuga Bay
Director, Media and Advertising
APC Presidential Campaign Council
January 29, 2023

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