A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has commended a report released by a U.S.-based firm, Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, for “exposing an Isreali-based political consulting and lobbying firm named Archimedes”, for allegedly coordinating false reports on social media against former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
Facebook had on Thursday banned Archimedes from the platform over its “coordinated and deceptive behaviour” as well as conducted a sweeping takedown of dozens of accounts and hundreds of pages primarily aimed at disrupting elections in African countries, with some scattered activity in Southeast Asia and Latin America.
Reacting to the development through a statement on Saturday, Frank said that the world will gradually know all the evil secret behind the declaration of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the last presidential election.
According to Frank, one of the pages that Facebook deleted on Thursday was filled with viral misinformation and direct attacks on Abubakar, the former vice president of Nigeria. The page’s banner image showed Abubakar as Darth Vader, the Star Wars villain, holding up a sign reading, “Make Nigeria Worse Again.”
He also quoted the AP’s report “that on the overall, the misleading accounts had reached some 2.8 million users, and the pages had engaged over 5,000 followers, according to Facebook’s estimates.”
While thanking Facebook for bringing down the fake accounts, Frank said that
“Nigerians ought to be worried about how the APC-led government is spending a huge amount of money just to discredit the rightful winner of the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar.
“I believe that if a lie goes on for 20 years, truth will definitely catch up with it one day. It will not be long before Nigerians will realise how desperate and fake President Muhammadu Buhari is in his bid to hang onto power.”
The political activist called on the international community to note the Associated Press’ report and the extent of damage done to the main opposition party in Nigeria and its Presidential candidate during the last general election.
“The AP’s report has clearly shown the level of lies sponsored against Atiku during and after the last general election. The campaign of calumny has not stopped but Nigerians should henceforth disregard malicious reports in the social media against the former VP,” Frank stated.
APC thanks Bayelsa, Kogi electorate over victory
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has thanked the people of Kogi and Bayelsa over its resounding victory in the governorship election in both states.
In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC congratulated all Nigerians, its teeming supporters and members for the hard-earned election victory.
According to Issa-Onilu, indeed, these victories are as significant as are well-deserved.
“In Kogi, our great party is delighted that the good people of the state ignored the propaganda and clannish campaign by the opposition and reelected our candidate, Gov. Yahaya Bello. We cannot thank the Kogi electorate enough.
“Although the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the senatorial election in Kogi West inconclusive, we are confident that when the supplementary election is held, our candidate, Sen. Smart Adeyemi will reclaim his earlier stolen mandate.
“Our party’s victory in Bayelsa is even more of a landmark. Against all odds and in defiance of the established but retrogressive political order since 1999, Bayelsans decided through their votes to overwhelmingly elect our governorship candidate, David Lyon,” he said.
He said Bayelsans decided to ditch the disastrous regime of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and pitch their tent with a progressive platform.
According to him, this is a sacred trust our candidate and party will not take for granted.
“The party expresses its profound appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for his moral support for our candidates; the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, our governors and other party leaders for their support and distinguished presence at our rallies in Kogi and Bayelsa.
“We also thank the First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Muhammadu Buhari; wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo for rallying massive support during the final grand rally in Lokoja, Kogi State.
“We appreciate the tireless efforts of our National Campaign Councils for Kogi and Bayelsa, headed by Gov. Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna and Gov. Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa,” Issa-Onilu said.
He said that the party dedicated its election successes to the good people of the two states with a solemn promise that victorious candidates would justify the confidence reposed in them.
“There remains much to be done in ensuring the sanctity of our electioneering process, particularly partisan approach to elections.
“The PDP must begin to address itself to the new reality that votes are beginning to count. PDP’s retrogressive tactics of massive thumb printing, ballot box snatching, vote-buying, thuggery, violence and other illegal schemes will no longer win election for them,” he said.
INEC declares Yahaya Bello winner of Kogi Governorship election
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the Kogi election, Yahaya Bello, has been declared as the winner of the exercise on held on Saturday.
The Independent National Electoral Commission Returning Officer for the election, Professor Ibrahim Umar, said that Bello polled a massive 406,222 votes to defeat his contestant, Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 189,704 votes to emerge second.
Professor Umar said Bello had been declared winner, having scored the highest number of votes during the poll conducted on Saturday.
The INEC official said the total number of cancelled is 149,576 and that the margin of lead is 216,518.
Details to come shortly…
APC supporters celebrate on the streets of Yenagoa
After the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Mr David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the governorship election in Bayelsa, scores of the party’s supporters stormed the streets in celebration of the victory.
INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, Vice-Chancellor, University of Benin, who announced the result, said APC polled 352,552 votes to win in the election.
He said APC’s closest rival, Duoye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 143, 172 votes.
Orumwnese said APC won the election in six Local Government Areas, while PDP won in two.
See photos from the streets below:
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