Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the main opposition party, the APC All Progressives Congress to work towards winning followers genuinely instead of applying cheap diversionary tactics.
The advice is contained in a statement issued by Mr Olisa Metuh, the party`s National Publicity Secretary on Monday in Abuja.
The statement quoted Metuh as saying that “APC should focus on real campaign, the so called change agenda should be based on issues and not on change of dressing and religious gathering.
“This election is not about political window-dressing and dramatising, what will count is record of performance and antecedents which President Jonathan stands taller than Gen. Buhari.’’
He said it was not surprising that the APC and its presidential candidate resorted to organising kangaroo opinion rating.
This, according to him, was an attempt to cover up their inadequacies and manipulate public perception in their favour.
“This APC phantom poll has been designed in a way to make the Nigerian public believe that 75 per cent of the voting population is in support of Gen. Buhari.
“Our findings reveal that APC leaders are intensifying effort to compromise some section of the media to ensure that the poll packaged by its foreign consultants is widely publicised.’’
He said part of the strategy was a disguised mobile phone balloting application being circulated by the APC, whereby curious click elicits a thank-you message from them.
This, he added, automatically registered the unsuspecting phone users as having voted in support of Gen. Buhari.
The PDP scribe said the measure was to deceive the public and truncate the country`s democratic process.
“Our final advice to the APC is that it should focus on real campaign and stop playing to the gallery.