Lai Mohammed, Minister of information and Culture, says there is only one real “opposition party” in the country today, and it is not the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mohammed claimed “a section of the media”, and not any political party, has constituted itself into the only real “opposition party” against President Muhammadu Buhari, at a time he claims the PDP is in “disarray”.
He boasted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will win the 2019 general election because of its record of performance and the absence of a viable opposition.
The minister said this while fielding questions from reporters in Benin, Edo State on Saturday, where he chaired the wedding of the son of Mariam Abubakar, Edo Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning.
He said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that would have provided a “kind of opposition” was in disarray.
“We believe that the people will vote for performance and to that, we are very confident; the government has not stopped working. We will continue to work for Nigerians to see,” he said.
“Basically, I don’t see any opposition from the PDP, it is a section of the media that has constituted itself the opposition party.”
The minister said the war against fake news must be won.
“We have seen fake news gone under, we have been able to drag it under the table, bring it to the open,” he said.
“We must not forget, however, that fake news is a global phenomenon, it is not peculiar to Nigeria. If not checked it will pitch the people against themselves.
“The Federal Government launched the campaign against fake news because it realised that some very unscrupulous elements have been exploiting the frontline of ethnicity trying to put a wedge against the government and the people.”
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