A former Senator under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu has alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) deployed fake news and hate speech to steal the mandate freely gave to the PDP in 2015 and 2019.
He therefore urged the electorate to resist the party’s evil plot to retain power through the same method in 2023.
Anyanwu, a PDP chieftain in Imo State gave the advice while reacting to the confession by a former Publicity Secretary of APC in Niger State, Jonathan Vatsa that their party started hate speech in Nigeria in the form of propaganda.
Vatsa had revealed that in 2015, APC adopted all illegal tactics including hate speech to come into power, and slammed those elected on its platform for proposing death sentence to anyone convicted of hate speech.
According to Anyanwu, Nigerians are beginning to see the role APC played in order to win the 2015 and 2019 elections, pointing out that with such confession, it is becoming clearer that PDP had not lost election in the country.
He said; “With Mr. Vatsa’s revelation, Nigerians should know that PDP did not lose election in 2015, but due to hate speech and fake news spread by the then major opposition party, APC, the masses were misled. It is surprising that some of the evil and illegal tactics they used in 2015 is gradually coming out.
“Since APC is the architect of fake news and hate speech in Nigeria, those that championed it should be the first victims of the wicked bill. This confession is enough to convince Nigerians how APC hijacked the mandate they gave to PDP in 2015 and 2019 respectively.”
Anyanwu who represented Imo East District at the Senate between 2015 and 2019 expressed shock that a party that hijacked PDP’s victory in 2015 and 2019 through fake news and hate speech is proposing death penalty to offenders of a system they enthroned, saying that those that initiated it should be the first victims of the obnoxious bill.
He called on Nigerians to hold APC and her members liable for any breakdown of law and order if the proposed bill aimed at gagging the press and intimidating the masses from expressing their views freely, is finally passed by the Senate.