PDP chides APC over attempt to gag social media

The Peoples Democratic Party has rejected what it described as attempts by the All Progressives Congress-led regime to gag social media under the guise of regulation.

This was contained in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Wednesday.

Ologbondiyan said, “Our party rejects the claims that the regulation bill is targeted at checking fake news. This is because our nation already has enough implementable laws to counter the dissemination of fake news and punish offenders.

“Instead of this desperation to gag the citizens and curtail their constitutionally guaranteed rights, our party counsels the APC administration to rather take steps to reassure Nigerians by ending its manifest corruption, treasury looting, abuse of human rights, nepotism and unaccountability for which the citizens demands answers.”

Attempts to get a reaction from the APC were futile. Calls to the mobile telephone number of the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, were neither picked nor returned. A response to a text message sent to him was still being expected as of 10.52pm.

However, a party source said, “The PDP is idle.”

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