2019 Elections: Niger Government issue warning against Blackmail, Fake News
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2019 Elections: Niger Government issue warning against Blackmail, Fake News

Victor Ernest



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The Niger state government has raised over a purported plan by some individuals to blackmail and peddle ‘fake news’ about its activities.

In a statement on Thursday, signed by state commissioner on information and strategy, Danjuma Sallau, that some paid ‘political jobbers’ have been mobilised to spread misinformation about the activities and achievements of the state government.

The commissioner also discredited reports about alleged plans to rig the coming gubernatorial election by the State Government , describing them as “baseless, unfounded and untrue. He said those behind the rumour are cowards and non-state actors using the social media insurgents to undermine the discerning electorates.

According to him, the claim that INEC has released 360,000 uncollected PVCs and collected N7Million to tilt the election in favour of the ruling party is ridiculously libellous, unsubstantiated, deceptive and deliberately crafted to embarrass the state government and score cheap political point.

“We are aware of these kind of people and their ilk who lack courage, self-confidence and capacity to embark on issue-based discussions but prefer to hide under the auspices of the social media insurgents to unleash their sadistic intention”.

Alhaji Danjuma Sallau noted, with regret, that these faceless people have continued to regurgitate on the issues of pensions, scholarship, employment etc., which he explained were inherited even though government has lived up to expectation in addressing them.

The Commissioner believe that it is defeat that is steering these political goofers in the face and that they are only desperate liars trying to hoodwink the people by discrediting the government for their selfish interests.

The Commissioner also dismissed issue of the purchase and or acquisition of public property by the governor’s family describing it as a patriotic gesture rather than wrong doing because, as a public property, anybody could have bought it.

He explained that the Sani Bello family had been a successful business empire, with legitimate businesses globally and should be appreciated and not castigated for largely retaining ownership of the iconic public property by individuals in the state.

Alhaji Danjuma Sallau enjoined Niger-lites to be wary of the antics of these people who are all out to create political animosity, abuse and reconfigure their minds against voting for the ruling party in the coming gubernatorial elections on Saturday.

“Niger State is APC and the people are committed to voting for the ruling party because Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has ran a just, fair and transparent government with projects spread all across geopolitical divide, hence deserved to be reelected”.

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