The 2023 presidential hopefuls and political gladiators are being urged by the Advocacy for Advancement of Peace and Harmony in Africa Initiative (ADAPHAI) to provide instructions to their followers to cease participating in the political oddity and launch sincere efforts for peace.
As the civic group expressed concern over the claimed campaign tactics of Peter Obi’s Labour Party followers, they also noted that fake news is a significant contributor to instability and disorder.
The group claimed that Peter Obi’s supporters favoured using crude misinformation and outright lies in their campaigns, which has the potential to plunge Nigeria into unthinkable catastrophe and unrest.
In a tweet on Wednesday, ADAPHAI highlighted false information about Nana Akufo-Addo, the president of Ghana, claiming that the story was an attempt to inflate their candidate’s popularity.
“This is embarrassing and foolish,”
Social media users were discussing a message in which the president of Ghana was quoted as telling the All Progressives Congress (APC) nominee for president in 2023, Bola Tinubu, to “give Peter Obi a chance and seek treatment for his health.”
Akufo-Addo described the news as “completely false and mischievous, with no iota of truth whatsoever in it. I have written no such letter to the APC leader, and it will not occur to me to do so. Ghana and Nigeria boast of decades of cordial, strong and brotherly relations, and I am not going to be the one to interfere in the internal affairs and politics of Nigeria.”
The tweet read, “The recent development in our polity, towards the 2023 presidential election, in which supporters of the Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi are constantly deploying crude propaganda and naked lies as the preferred style of campaign is utterly dangerous and scary, capable of dragging Nigeria to unimaginable crisis and upheavals.
“The latest version of this calumny was the lies they told about President of Ghana, Nana Akufo- Addo, with spurious intent of raising the bar of the popularity of their candidate. This is indeed ridiculous and embarrassing.
“As we all know that fake news is a potent factor of instability and chaos, we urge political gladiators and their supporters to quickly desist from this political anomaly and start to be real and genuine in their campaigns for the purpose of peace,” ADAPHAI noted.
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