A pro-democracy group on the platform of Justice Vanguard (JV) has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) are now in panic mood following some of the revelations coming of the ongoing presidential election tribunal sitting in Abuja.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar is challenging the outcome of the last presidential election in court.
But the group in a statement signed Wednesday in Abuja by its Convener, Ezekiel Adeojo F said ruling party has been panicking since the petitioner’s witnesses opened the “putrid can of worms on how the electoral will of Nigerians was truncated.”
The group also said it has been reliably informed “by our intelligence that Buhari Media Organization (BMO) has been given a matching order with commensurate funding by the Presidency to rubbish testimonies of Atiku’s witnesses in the media by ensuring that every comment of the witnesses is twisted in the public.
“With the mind-boggling testimonies of Atiku’s witnesses at the ongoing Presidential Election Petition Tribunal which validates our earlier statement that Atiku’s mandate was stolen, the Presidency has been sent into frenzy mode. The APC has been panicking since the petitioner’s witnesses opened the putrid can of worms on how the electoral will of Nigerians was truncated.
“Even INEC has been contradicting itself; destroying whatever credibility that is left of the Commission just to defend indefensible electoral heist called 2019 presidential election.
“This explains the barrage of fake news in the media mutilating statements of Atiku’s witnesses, just to confuse Nigerian public and subsequently create holes in petitioner’s submissions.
“Some propagandized stories like: ‘Atiku’s witness can’t remember date of presidential election’ published by online version of Punch newspapers, and sensational report tagged ‘Breaking: I saw my statement for the first time before Tribunal, says Atiku’s witness,’ promoted by The Nation newspapers. These are spined reports. Discerning Nigerians are already aware that The Nation is one of propagandistic platforms of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, APC’s national leader.”
The statement added that propaganda reported as statements of Atiku’s witnesses, does not reflect what happened at the Tribunal in the last few days.
“We acknowledge the fact that the PDP’s witnesses are not infallible like every other humans, but does not have propensity to make such omnibus mistakes.
“These stories were planted in the media by fake news industry called Buhari Media Organization (BMO) to reduce the discourse Atiku’s watertight petition is generating. Nigerians should watch out for more fake news as more spin doctors under the payroll of the ruling APC have been commissioned to unleash beehive of falsehood to corrupt impregnable facts being reeled out by Atiku’s witnesses at the Tribunal. They are jittery because Atiku is indeed coming.”