From Iheanacho Nwosu, Abuja
The main opposition party said PDP, having realised most Nigerians have lost confidence in its presidential candidate, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, ahead of the March 28 election, has now resorted to embarking on a deliberate campaign of calumny to malign APC leaders.
The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) yesterday alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commissioned some movies in a desperate bid to malign its presidential candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari and some leaders of the party.
The campaign organisation said it was aware that part of the devilish plan would be to run documentaries on national television networks against the persons of Buhari, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi. This, the party said followed malicious and inflammatory and highly speculative documentary now airing against its National Leader and former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
It said: “In the case of Gen. Buhari; he will be presented in the documentary with a spear/arrow in his hands directing his supporters to violence in 2011.
“Purported supporters of Buhari will be shown rampaging, looting and killing while displaying the posters of Gen. Buhari; burning NYSC and government offices; burnt bodies in the 2011 general elections and martial music will be played ostensibly heralding Gen. Buhari’s announcement of the military coup that overthrew the government of Shehu Shagari.”
APCPCO said: “From the above hate messages and concocted lies, it should be obvious to all discerning minds that PDP and the Jonathan government have nothing to offer Nigerians, rather to continue to cause disaffection among the people by disseminating lies to the public.”
“As a responsible organisation, we deem it necessary to call the attention of Nigerians to the “movies” being prepared for release by the PDP so that they are not taken by surprise or deceived into believing such fabricated lies.
“While we note that such hate messages run counter to the Codes of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), we call on the PDP and Jonathan’s administration to retrace their steps, and focus on giving account of the missing $20 billion from the NNPC.
“Under the watch of this government, corruption and outright stealing of state resources has been elevated to unprecedented levels, while indiscipline, impunity and high-handedness have become the hallmark of an outgoing administration. We are not surprised that a sinking ship like PDP will clutch at any available straw to stay alive, but we count on the support of Nigerians who have ceaselessly called for change.” It said .