APC Mandate Defenders has reacted to claims by the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Mr. Omoyele Sowore claiming that the Federal Government choose to lift the ban on international flights because the children of the elites need to return back to schools in abroad.
In a statement released to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday by the National Publicity Secretary of APC Mandate Mandate Defenders, Mr, Ifeanyi Emeka, the group denied the allegation saying, Sowore is a known blackmailer, fake news manufacturer and mischief maker who want to use lies, disinformation and empty propaganda to hoodwink unsuspecting Nigerians in to supporting his unpopular anti-government movement.
The group noted that the PTF has been using science and data for it’s decisions since the ease of lockdown began and would never pander to the whims and caprices of anyone, including Mr. Sowore.
We saw it in the lifting of the ban on inter-state movements, the re-opening of worship centres and domestic flights among others.
We therefore wonder why Sowore would attempt to give nagative interpretation to the action of the APC-led Federal Government when the same govenment had stated that it would yield to the call by the National Association of Nigerian Students for re-opening of tertiary institutions in the country.
The group further alleged that Mr. Sowore had made no pretense in his vain attempts to use the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 as launchpad for disinformation, saying it will continue to resist his nefarious activities.
In similar vein, we are aware of the fake news report Mr. Sowore used his news medium, Sahara Reporters to manufacture and peddle during the weekend, accusing immigration officials of collecting bribes from froreign returnees for negative Covid-19 results at the airports.
Again, we wish to dispel the report because samples are only collected at designated centres and not at the airports where only passports of returnees are collected and not to even talk of issuing test results.
The group therefore advised Nigerians to ignore Mr. Sowore, describing him as the real enemy of the masses because of his mischievous activities and that of his disinformation machinery known as Sahara Reporters.
Mr. Ifeanyi Emeka,
National Publicity Secretary,
APC Mandate Defenders