Presidential Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for the investigation forged statement in circulation which was attributed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Accusing the Peoples Democtatic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party of being behind a demarketing campaign against its candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the council said that police investigation would lead to justice being served against those responsible for the action.
In addition to several other moves, a purported letter, which claimed that INEC is investigation allegations of criminal activities against Tinubu surfaced in the media between Friday and Saturday. But INEC immediatedly disowned the content.
In a statement on Sunday, the Director of Media and Publicity of the APC presidential campaign council, Mr Bayo Onanuga said that the PDP and Labour Party along with their allies in the media have intensified their campaign of calumny against Tinubu.
The statement reads: “The opposition Peoples Democratic Party and its subsidiary Labour Party having realised they have no sure path to victory in the February 2023 presidential election upped their campaign of calumny, disinformation and misinformation on Saturday by sponsoring fake news against the All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“They did it by forging the letterhead of the Independent National Electoral Commission and the signature of its national commissioner, Festus Okoye.
“The forged statement purportedly issued by INEC was disseminated to deceive the gullible public that INEC was investigating allegations against Asiwaju Tinubu that, they desperately hoped, will ultimately lead to the disqualification of the frontline APC Presidential candidate.
“We are not in any way surprised by the antics of the sinking opposition parties. What we found shocking was how quickly some compromised media organisations gulped the falsehood, hook, line and sinker, without attempting to verify.
“We understand why they did so: the forgery and its narrative fit their mindset of throwing overboard every known virtue of ethical journalism and professionalism, as they work in cahoot with the opposition to defame Asiwaju Tinubu.
This inglorious path has been taken before since 2003 and in the run-up to the primaries of the ruling APC that produced Asiwaju Tinubu as the presidential torch bearer. Those who took this damned path of infamy lost their bet because Asiwaju Tinubu stands rock solid and indestructible.