The All Progressives Congress (APC) has received assurances from Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi State, that Bola Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate, has Bello’s unwavering support.
He called a Sunday newspaper that said he had stopped supporting Tinubu fake news and denounced it. He requested that organizations in charge of overseeing journalism practices fulfill their obligations.
Bello, the National Youth Coordinator of the Tinubu/Shettima Campaign Council, said on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics that the 2022 Electoral Act gives the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the authority to look into and prosecute those who spread false information about elections.
“I woke up to see that fake news in the air today. It’s most unfortunate and I am urging all the law enforcement agents and all regulatory bodies regarding journalism and media practitioners that are practicing in Nigeria to please live up to their responsibilities.
“The current electoral empowers even INEC to investigate things like this and prosecute the liars, those who perpetrate fake news, especially as far as this election is concerned.
“Let me further reassure millions of Nigerian youths and Nigerians, our followers and supporters across the world that I remain a very supportive, ardent supporter, mobilizer, campaigner, and driver of votes for our leader and president in the waiting Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the flag bearer of our great party the All Progressives Congress and my own brother, His Excellency Kashim Shettima,” Bello said.
He demanded that the publication be revoked within 24 hours and that law enforcement agencies must take action against individuals responsible for the publishing. Should the publishers not withdraw the book, he warned legal action.
The Kogi governor, who ran against Tinubu for the APC presidential nomination, recalled that he was the first candidate to publicly offer his support and proclaim his intention to work for the former governor of Lagos State even before he was solicited to do so.
As the Tinubu campaign’s young mobilizer, he claimed to be fully certain that their efforts will result in a resounding win for the party on February 25.