The present ruling party, People Democratic Party, PDP, has called on the All Progressives Congress, APC and its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, to desist from using cheap diversionary tactics and try instead to apply genuine campaign methods to win followers.
Olisa Metu, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, said on Monday "the APC's so-called 'change agenda' should be based on issues and not on change of dressing and religious gathering"
"This election is not about political window-dressing and dramatizing. What will count is record of performance and antecedents, which President Jonathan stands taller than General Buhari," the party said. "It is therefore not surprising that the APC and its Presidential candidate will resort to organizing a kangaroo opinion rating in a failed attempt to cover up their inadequacies and manipulate public perception in their favour.
The APC is doing all they could to have Nigerians believe that 75 per cent of the voting population is in support of General Buhari ahead the February 14 Presidential election.
"Our findings reveal that the APC leaders are already intensifying effort to compromise some section of the media so as to ensure that the poll packaged by its foreign consultants is widely publicized. Part of the strategy is a disguised mobile phone balloting application being circulated by the APC, whereby a curious click elicits a thank-you message from them and automatically register the unsuspecting phone user as having voted in support of General Buhari.
"We are indeed shocked at the level the APC and its presidential candidate have sunk in their desperation for power. We hereby urge Nigerians, particularly the media to be wary of this plot to deceive the public and truncate our democratic process. Our final advice to the APC is that they should focus on real campaign and stop playing to the gallery.
"Lies, no matter how much embellished can never take the place of truth and nothing built on falsehood stands. This election is not about fake figures and falsehood. It is about the choice of the citizens. Nigerians have since made up their minds to continue identifying with their performing President and no amount of propaganda and misrepresentation by the APC can change this.