2019: APC reinforces global efforts to check fake news
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has reinforced ongoing global media call and efforts to check the proliferation of fake news particularly as the country gears up for campaigns ahead of the 2019 elections
The party's spokesman, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, made this disclosure in statement to Journalists in Abuja, saying that fake and hate speeches have remained a threat to democracy anywhere and the need to ensure it is stopped before it causes more damage.
According to the statement: "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, PDP, 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.
"While the APC is not surprised at the PDP’s typical theatrics in an attempt to evade scrutiny for its 16 years of misgovernance, 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 brought on our country while in power.
"What we witness instead is its weekly disgraceful and embarrassing shadow chasing through fake news and spurious allegations. 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".