The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has opposed the moves by the All Progressive Congress (APC) and its administration to regulate social media in the country.
PDP in a press statement voiced out to reject the moves by APC and its administration to regulate social media in Nigeria, describing it as unconstitutional, anti-people and a suppressive design to suffocate Nigerians.
PDP asserts that the renewed activity to censor the social media is seemingly targeted at restraining outspoken Nigerians, particularly the youths, media and civil society organizations, from demanding for accountability and competence, as well as exposing the widespread corruption, treasury looting, injustice, human right abuses, constitutional violations and divisive actions of the APC’s administration.
The press release which reads in part says, “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.
“It is clear that the APC’s administration is rather xenophobic of criticisms from citizens against its manifest atrocities that it seeks to surreptitiously reenact the obnoxious military decree 4 to suppress Nigerians.”
The party also counsels APC’s administration to rather take steps to reassure Nigerians by ending its manifest corruption rather than regulating social media in the country stating that, “Instead of this desperation to gag the citizens and curtail their constitutionally guaranteed rights, our party counsels the APC’s 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.”
PDP further counsels APC saying “Our party counsels the APC’s administration to become more accountable, particularly, by ending its arrogance as well as its shielding of corrupt officials, as being witnessed in the desperation to protect federal officials allegedly involved in the criminal diversion of funds voted for #COVID19 palliatives.”