2019: Beware of Fake News, Group Urges Nigerians.
A Pro-Buhari group, Coalition of Buhari/Osinbajo Movement (COBOM) has urged Nigerians to beware of fake news, disinformation, and outright falsehoods in other to have an issue-based campaign.
In a statement signed by the group’s Chief Political Specialist, Olalekan Adigun, today Wednesday November 14th, 2018, in Lagos, the group made this against the backdrop of the viral People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s “Campaign Strategy” document that has been flying online since Sunday 12 November 2018.
According to Olalekan, the said document contains what the party termed “tactics” with which it intends to sway Nigerians to vote in its favour come February 2019. COBOM said it received the document with “initial disbelief at the receipt of the document.
"This is not because we are surprised that the integrity-deficient PDP can just suddenly be washed clean overnight, but because we feel any party that still has an iota of decorum in it should have disowned the document and distance itself from such devious contents containing outright attempt by a party to anchor its campaign on simply disseminating falsehood in a desperate attempt to capture power” he said.
He said further: “It is clear the party well-known for its trademark fake news has not learnt much from its 2015 debacle when it deployed all orthodox and unorthodox means of disseminating fake news, including hiring [for millions (billions?) of dollars] local and foreign mercenaries, including the notorious Cambridge Analytica, in 2015, to spread disgusting videos with the hope of swaying Nigerians from voting for Buhari. We wish to remind the opposition party that history often repeats itself – first as a tragedy and later as a farce.”