PDP finished – APC
FORMER Vice President and presidential candidate of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar has called on Ohaneze Ndigbo, the apex socio-cultural and the entire South-East geopolitical zone to rally round PDP with their votes to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressives Congress (APC) will not be re-elected for a second tenure.
Atiku made the call at Enugu during a brief stopover at the venue of a parley by Igbo elders, religious and traditional rulers yesterday in company of National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, former governors Babangida Aliyu and Gbenga Daniel of Niger and Ogun States respectively as well as Dino Melaye and other party chieftains.
According to Atiku, Buhari must go in 2019 for Nigerian economy to be fixed, bringing coal industry which he said is a global money spinner back to life to power the whole of Eastern Nigeria and beyond while promising that he and his running mate, Mr. Peter Obi would correct all the anomalies visited on Nigeria by APC regime.
“It aches my heart when I receive texts listing the lopsided appointments of security chiefs. The appointments do not reflect federalism. This is not federalism. A combination of Peter Obi and I, you can trust will fix the economy,” Atiku said.
But in similar vein, All Progressives Congress yesterday described Peoples Democratic Party as a damaged product that resorts to fake news, misinformation and hate speech as focal campaign strategies because it cannot be trusted with power by Nigerians after its 16 years of misrule without apologising for it.
Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, stated these in a press release in Abuja while declaring supports for ongoing global media attention and efforts to check the proliferation of fake news.
According to him, fake news and similar campaign strategies must be checked, if 2019 electioneering campaigns would live to standard best practice.
“The consequences of fake news are often dire as it inflames perceived divisions in our communities, fuels hate speech, leads to violence and distorts democratic processes, among others. Disturbingly, the country’s main opposition – Peoples Democratic Party – and its discredited agents have continued to deploy the loathsome strategy of fake news, misinformation and distortion of facts as focal campaign strategies for the 2019 elections,” Issa-Onilu said.