Tinubu accuses Atiku and the PDP of cloning the Vanguard and Daily Trust websites to spread false information.
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, has accused Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP, and his party of cloning the websites of two newspapers to spread fake news in Hausa against his own candidature.
Sunday, Tinubu made the allegation in a statement released by Mr. Bayo Onanuga, Director of Media and Publicity for the APC Presidential Campaign Council PCC.
“We want to warn Nigerians about the sinister moves and carefully orchestrated plans of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to unleash a wave of fake news, particularly in the Hausa language, to malign, defame, and delegitimize Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress in the eyes of Nigerians.
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“This smear campaign by the PDP has been perfected by a team working day and night at the PDP’s national headquarters in Wadata House, Abuja,” he said.
He stated that the PDP and its social media operatives have already begun disseminating fake news to dupe gullible Nigerians by spoofing and using parody social media accounts of prominent newspapers and blogs.
“Numerous parody social media accounts, such as ‘Vanguard Hausa’ and ‘DailyTrust Hausa,’ have been created and are being used to spread false information on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, and other digital platforms.
“We discovered on Facebook that Daily Trust Hausa was founded as K.R.K Media on August 9, 2021. It changed its name to Daily Trust Media on 7 December 2022 and uses the fictitious domain name daily.com for its website.
“On 13 August 2022, a second Daily Trust Hausa Facebook account named Facos News Hausa was created with the intention of publishing posts about Musicians. On December 29, 2022, just 22 days after its other clone, it changed its name.
“Vanguard Hausa was developed on December 21, 2021. Its website was unable to load.
“These are all parodies The PDP used Facebook accounts on Saturday to spread malicious rumours that Tinubu’s trucks carrying old Naira notes were arrested in Lagos.
“To clarify, Daily Trust does publish a Hausa newspaper called Aminiya, which also has the same name on Facebook. We are unaware that Vanguard has a publication with a similar format.
Tinubu stated, “We urge the two newspapers, Daily Trust and Vanguard, to inform Facebook and Meta that they have been cloned by fake news merchants for PDP’s political offensives.”
According to him, the PDP has also recruited numerous social media actors to execute its smear campaign on its behalf.
The only way for the PDP and its failing presidential campaign to have a shot at winning the February 25 presidential election, according to him, is to manipulate Nigerians and Northerners to view him (Tinubu) in a negative light.
“At this juncture, we deem it necessary to alert Nigerians to this evil plot’s potential to cause discord, animosity, and unwarranted crisis, with attendant security implications for the nation.
“Part of the PDP’s evil plots will be to make false claims and allegations against President Muhammadu Buhari, Asiwaju Tinubu, his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, and other APC National, Regional, Zonal, and State leaders using manipulated videos, doctored voice-overs, photoshop images, and other means, all in an attempt to win the election by any means necessary.
“The PDP and its candidate for president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, are aware that they cannot win the upcoming election. They are also aware that Nigerians will never vote for the PDP to take over the leadership of Nigeria after 16 years of misery.
“Among the many legacies the party left behind were insecurity, a poorly managed economy, a looted treasury, and a decrepit national infrastructure consisting of roads, power, ports, rail, and pipelines. The Buhari administration is still attempting to undo the massive damage the party caused to our country.
“Because Atiku’s presidential campaign is on the verge of collapsing, the PDP hopes in vain to avert the impending electoral loss by sponsoring a coordinated smear campaign against the APC, our presidential candidate, and even the government.
“We use this platform to urge Nigerians, and in particular our fellow countrymen in Northern Nigeria, not to be deceived.
According to audio and video leaks by Atiku’s former Media Aide, Mike Achimugu, “Atiku and the PDP have nothing positive to offer Nigerians other than his ravenous ambition to enrich himself, his family, and his cronies.”
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