“Fake news was birthed, promoted by APC”- PDP allege
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has stated that the renewed frenzy to censor the social media is targeted at muzzling outspoken Nigerians, particularly the youths, media and civil society organizations from demanding for accountability and competence.
According to a statement by PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Wednesday, the social media “exposes widespread corruption, unbridled treasury looting, barefaced injustice, human right abuses, constitutional violations and divisive actions of the APC administration”.
“PDP reject moves by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its administration to regulate and strangulate social media in our country, describing it as unconstitutional, anti-people and a suppressive design to asphyxiate Nigerians.
“Our party rejects the claims that the regulation bill is targeted at checking fake news. This is because our nation already has enough implementable laws to counter the dissemination of fake news and punish offenders.
“It is clear that the APC administration is rather xenophobic of criticisms from citizens against its manifest atrocities that it seeks to surreptitiously reenact the obnoxious military decree 4 to suppress Nigerians”, the statement read.
PDP added that “while our party does not in any way condone the dissemination of fake news, which was actually birthed and promoted by the APC as a tool to grab power during the build-up to the 2015 elections, the PDP rejects the attempt to hide under fake news to impose a siege mentality in our country for selfish political reasons”
They demanded that APC apologize “for making our social media toxic, importing fake news into our polity as well as running an incompetent, oppressive and corrupt administration”.