Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan attends the pdp rally, at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, Nigeria. (Sunday Alamba, AP) ~ Sunday Alamba
Abuja - The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has counseled the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, to focus more on winning followers genuinely than applying alleged diversionary tactics.
The ruling party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh said the opposition party's “change agenda” should thus be based on issues and not on change of dressing and religious gatherings.
“This election is not about political window-dressing and dramatizing. What will count is record of performance and antecedents, which President Jonathan stands taller than General Buhari," read a PDP statement.
"It is therefore not surprising that the APC and its Presidential candidate will resort to organizing a kangaroo opinion rating in a failed attempt to cover up their inadequacies and manipulate public perception in their favour,” the statement read.
PDP said opposition polls has been designed in such a way to make the Nigerian public believe that 75 percent of the voting population is in support of General Buhari ahead the February 14 Presidential election.
“Our findings reveal that the APC leaders are already intensifying effort to compromise some section of the media so as to ensure that the poll packaged by its foreign consultants is widely publicized," the ruling party stated.
PDP said part of the strategy was a disguised mobile phone balloting application being circulated by the APC.
"We are indeed shocked at the level the APC and its presidential candidate have sunk in their desperation for power. We hereby urge Nigerians, particularly the media to be wary of this plot to deceive the public and truncate our democratic process,” the party said.
The party thus advised the APC to focus on real campaign and stop playing to the gallery.
"Lies, no matter how much embellished can never take the place of truth and nothing built on falsehood stands. This election is not about fake figures and falsehood. It is about the choice of the citizens."