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Fani-Kayode says disregard election results flying around, says PDP is winning in 23 states

Below is the text of a press conference by the
director of media and publicity, PDP, presidential
campaign organization, Chief Femi Fani Kayode

We are deeply concerned by the level of
disinformation and falsehood that is being
peddled around by the friends of the
opposition in the media and particularly
their paid agents and associates on the
social media about the results of Saturdays elections. Since yesterday afternoon they
have been releasing fake results and they
have been attempting to mislead the
Nigerian people and our friends in the
international community.  The public have
been inundated with lie after lie about the APC's so-called victories in virtually every
single polling booth, ward, local
government area and state in the country.
This is not only nonsensical but it is also far-
fetched, absurd and childish. Two opposition media houses and their associates
in the social media went as far as to shamelessly
claim that President Goodluck Jonathan lost in my
polling unit and in my ward in Ile-Ife, when in
actual fact the President not only won in my
polling booth and ward but he also won in virtually every other ward in the four local government
areas of Ile Ife in Osun state where I come from.

The dirty lies that these two media houses have
told is just one example of the gross and
irresponsible mendacities and falsehood that the
agents and associates of the APC habitually enjoy
peddling. As we have always said, they are a party
of liars that are led and inspired by a small cabalistic cult of shameful deceivers, liars and
cheap propaganda merchants. In them there is no
truth and lying is their second nature and natural
habitat. The APC, through their agents in the media, also
indulged in many other fanciful and vain
mendacities about many other PDP leaders.  For
example they claimed that Senator Musiliu
Obanikoro who is presently the Honorable Minister
of State for Foreign Affairs, Senator Iyiola Omisore, the leader of our party in Osun state,
Governor Olusegun Mimiko, the Governor of Ondo
state, Senator David Mark, the Senate President,
and so many other of our highly esteemed and
respected leaders also lost their polling units and
wards to General Muhammadu Buhari and the APC candidates for the various elections. Needless to say these claims by the APC are not
only false but they are also absurd and nauseating.
Such mendacities are indicative of the fact that
they have lost touch with reality as we have always
suspected. As a matter of fact we are surprised
that they didn't claim that the President himself also lost in his polling unit and  ward and that he
in fact voted for Buhari rather than for himself.
Such is their level of depravity and deceit that they
will manufacture any lie and assert any falsehood
just to gain an edge and feed their vain delusions.

The lies they have told about the so-called victory
of Buhari in Ile Ife, Osun state is particularly
distasteful because not only has Jonathan appeared
to have won in Ile-Ife but our PDP candidate for
the Federal House of Representatives in that
constituency, Mr. Albert Adeogun, appears to have won the election hands down and defeated Mr.
Rotimi Makinde of the APC, who is the sitting
member of the Federal House of Representatives.
Our candidate for the House of Representatives in
Ilesa in the same senatorial district, Mr. Wole Oke,
appears to have won his election as well which is another major blow for the APC in Osun
state. Instead of acknowledging these monumental and
devastating losses of some of their leading
members, the APC, in their habitual manner
simply continue to bury their small heads in the
ground like the proverbial ostrich, live in denial
and peddle lies and falsehood. It is time that they were called to order. The lies of the APC must be
ignored and treated with the contempt and disdain
that they deserve. The reports that we are getting from the field is
that our candidate is doing very well in the south
and north central and that we are making very
strong inroads into various states in the core north.
The motive for the lies and disinformation of the
APC is to create high expectations for their supporters so that when the real results come out
and they are announced by INEC, and when those
real results do not tally with the fake results that
the APC have told their agents and friends to
release, they will begin to run riot, create havoc
and kill people.

This is irresponsible and dangerous and we hereby
warn the APC and their agents in the media to stop
spreading falsehood and telling dangerous lies. We
also call on the security agencies to be vigilant
because when the truth of their defeat finally
dawns on them the APC and Buhari will not take it very lightly. We should all patiently wait for INEC
to release the official results of all the elections
and until then we call on our supporters and party
members to hold their heads up high, to remain
confident and strong and to hold their peace. Though it is undoubtedly a close race we at the
PDPCO are cautiously confident and we are very
optimistic of total victory despite the desperation,
lies and disinformation of the APC. At the end of
the day we have no doubt that President Goodluck
Jonathan and the PDP shall prevail. We are constrained to conclude this short briefing
by commenting on two issues that are also a
matter of grave concern to us. First of all it has
been brought to our attention that hundreds of
thousands of underage voters were allowed to vote
by INEC officials in many parts of the north during Saturday's elections. The pictures of these underage voters, who are
APC supporters and many of whom are not even
Nigerians but were drafted across our northern
borders just to vote, are all over the internet.
These pictures show the children actually giving
their thumb prints and voting in the elections on Saturday. This is unacceptable to us and it needs to
be explained by INEC. We await further
clarification from them about it and failing that
we shall revisit the issue in a very forceful and
precise manner at a later stage.

The other area that needs clarification and an
explanation from INEC and which gives us deep
concern is the situation that we have found
ourselves in when it comes to the issue of card
readers. We warned about this right from the
outset and we expressed our reservations about their usage but we were ignored and even
criticised by many at the time for doing so. With
the shameful and abysmal performance of the card
readers during Saturday's polls we believe that we
have been vindicated and that our earlier concerns
have proved to be legitimate and valid. Sadly the damage that the failure of the  card readers has
caused to the fortunes of our supporters and party
is immense. Many of our supporters were disenfranchised and
were unable to get accreditation or to vote as a
consequence of the card reader situation and it is
curious that most of the problems associated with
card readers only took place in areas and states
that are the traditional strongholds of President Jonathan and the PDP. Was this a mere
coincidence or was it contrived?  That is the
million dollar question. We shall speak more about
this and other matters after the final results have
been announced by INEC. Until then we shall hold
our peace. We use this medium to call on our friends in the
social media, the party faithful and all President
Goodluck Joanthan Support Groups not to remain
silent in the face of these shenanigans. They
should speak out on what they know about the
propaganda and falsehood of the opposition APC. They should not be intimidated at all by the
opposition’s desperate and reprehensible antics.
They should set the record straight and not allow
themselves to be robbed of a well-earned victory.

As we speak now, we are winning in 23 states and
we have 64 percent while the APC is winning in 14
states and has 36 percent.  These results are
subject to confirmation by the Independent
National Electoral Commission.  However, we are
certain of what we are saying because we have information from our agents in every polling unit
nationwide.  No one must test our will by
attempting to change these results and the APC
should desist from pushing this nation to the brink
of fire, chaos and destruction with their dirty lies
and propaganda. Thank you.