Nigerians won’t be deceived, PDP is a damaged product —APC

There appears to be no end to the brickbats between Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

On Wednesday, APC threw the latest mud as it described the PDP as a damaged product that could not be trusted with power by Nigerians. It also accused it of allegedly marketing fake news, and using hate speech as a major tool in its 2019 campaign strategy.

The various allegations were made by the National Publicity Secretary of APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a press release he released in Abuja. Among others, he said:

“PDP cannot pull the wool over the eyes of the good people of this country. It can cry wolf for all it cares, Nigerians won’t be deceived. PDP remains a damaged product showing no regret for its retrogressive old practices which brought the country to its knees in terms of our infrastructure, economy, security, values and standing among nations of the world.”

He added, “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.

“It is instructive to the electorate that no lessons have been learnt by the prodigal party. It is indeed clear to the electorate that the PDP is not a party to either be trusted or taken seriously as it has missed out on the opportunity to apologise and show remorse for the cruelty it wrought on our country while in power. What we witness instead is its weekly disgraceful and embarrassing shadow chasing through fake news and spuriousallegations.”

The party warned that fake news and other deceitful strategies must be rejected if the country was to avoid a descent into chaos.

“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,” Issa-Onilu said.

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