Abuja – The People’s Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO) on Saturday criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly peddling fake defection news.
PPCO denied, as an outright lie, claims by President Buhari, in a tweet, that a purported Director General in the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign for the North East has decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
PPCO, in a statement by its Director, Media and Publicity, Kola Ologbondiyan, described as unfortunate the desperation by President Buhari to deceive Nigerians and create an impression that he is recovering from his diminished popularity.
The campaign organisation, however, frowned at the level President Buhari would descend to sponsoring fake news in the social media.
“For the avoidance of doubt, our Campaign Organization does not have a Director General in the North East as claimed in the malicious tweet. Our Campaign structure only has Zonal Coordinators and our Zonal Coordinator in the North East is Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe state.
“Moreover, Senator Saidu Kumo, who President Buhari is celebrating, as having dumped the Atiku Abubakar campaign to join his re-election bid, has never had anything to do with our Presidential campaign and has never been assigned any role, as nobody with corruption case is allowed any role in our campaign structure.
“Nigerians can now see how President Buhari, and APC who claim to be fighting corruption is embracing and celebrating persons with corruption cases and luring such persons to join President Buhari’s self-succession bid with the promise to discharge their cases that are pending in court.
“The PPCO therefore urges Nigerians to disregard the claims by the Buhari Presidency and henceforth not rely on, but always thoroughly examine all information coming from the Buhari Campaign Organization as they have proven to be purveyors of fake news.
“PPCO assures all Nigerians, particularly our supporters in the North East that our Presidential Campaign structure is completely intact and rallying with Nigerians in their national consensus to vote in Atiku Abubakar as the next President of Nigeria.
“No amount of fabrications by the Buhari Presidency can change this reality.