The Rogue Site Spreading Fake News On Tinubu Uncovered
– Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, APC Presidential Candidate
Few days to the Presidential election in Nigeria, the APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) said it has uncovered a rogue website by the opposition party to disseminate false and malicious information about Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the party.
The name of the website is www. Igbotimesmagazine.online.
Bayo Onanuga, Director, Media and Publicity, APC PCC, in a statement on Sunday said the council had just stumbled on a rogue website, saying that in its latest false news, the site claimed that some EFCC operatives, on the order of President Muhammadu Buhari raided the “underground home” of Tinubu.
“It claimed that N400 billion of the new notes was recovered from there. The story, which notably lacked the essential “when, where and how” ingredients of any news story, went viral.
“The EFCC has since issued a formal statement on the purported raid by its men as a fake story the public should disregard,” it said.
The council added that the dubious website, in its fake story, claimed investigations were still ongoing as to which bank manager made such money available to Tinubu, that it then admitted its own absurdity when it wrote that “the money recovered in Tinubu’s “underground house” is equivalent of “the entire money printed for the whole Nigeria” by the CBN.
“So, if Tinubu alone has all the money printed by Godwin Emefiele’s CBN, how do you account for the billions distributed by the apex bank to all the banks, including operators of POS?
“The site, which on Twitter and Facebook appears to have links with the Labour Party, went further, in another post, to claim that President Muhammadu has ordered the arrest of the bank manager that made the phantom money available to the APC candidate.
“In a previous post two weeks ago, the site had claimed that ‘an angry mob blocked N3 billion of new notes heading to Tinubu’s house’.
“Other fake news on the site included one that claimed the Federal Government planned to borrow money from kidnappers in Kaduna because they have more money than our country. It credited the misleading news to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture.
“We want to warn Nigerians to be wary of every piece of news emanating from the site, and its social media handles.
“There will be many of such sites as some candidates become desperate to win at all costs, in fulfilment of some rogue and rigged opinion polls by ANAP Foundation and Nextier, shunning all decent norms and rules.
“Theigbotimesmagazine.onlne, with its affiliated social media handles exists for no good of our country,” the council said.
The APC PCC added that the website is out to misinform and mislead the people and disseminate malicious information on Tinubu, in the run up to the 25 February election, which the opposition candidates, including Peter Obi of Labour Party, are bound to lose.
“We are not surprised that the opposition has embarked on sponsoring a website and social media handles, whose owners are unknown and which lacks physical address or even an email.
“We urge the authorities to fish out the people behind the site, that is recklessly dishing out fake news, before more damage is done to our polity,” it stated.