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Presidency, PDP Bicker Over Cambridge Hacking Scandal



The presidency and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have exchanged criticisms over the Cambridge Hacking scandal that trailed the 2015 presidential election.

On its part, the presidency advised the leadership of the PDP to stop raising false alarms in order to gain public sympathy and divert attention from its abysmal past record and failures.

In a statement by the senior special assistant on media to the President, Garba Shehu, the presidency told the PDP to, instead, address the concerns raised about its role in the mass data harvesting at the heart of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal following the revelation that they hacked into Candidate Muhammadu Buhari’s personal data in the run-up to the 2015 general election.

He contended that nothing undermines a country’s democracy as such unfair practices, and gave example with U.S. President Richard Nixon who resigned to avoid impeachment when his campaign team hacked into the opposition, Democratic Party records.

“This is why a special counsel is investigating the alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and if President Donald Trump’s campaign is complicit in the attempted subversion of democracy in that country.”

He chided the PDP for reporting the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) to the United Nations on the conduct of the oncoming 2019 elections.

He said, “PDP’s decision to drag the APC and INEC to the United Nations over an alleged plan or plot to rig the 2019 general elections is not only laughable and puerile, but it also demonstrates the level of desperation that is haunting the opposition leaders.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is passionately committed to free and fair elections in the country and for a man who joined forces with local and international observers to ensure a free and fair election which brought him to power in 2015, the president would under no circumstances tolerate any attempt to derail constitutional democracy.”

The presidential spokesman cited the outcome of the governorship elections in Edo, Ondo and Anambra states as clear examples of President Buhari’s commitment to free and fair elections in the country, saying Nigerians should indeed be wary of PDP’s desperate propaganda.

According to him, for the PDP to be  preaching free and fair elections is like a street-walker preaching about chastity.

Shehu recalled that the PDP postponed the 2015 general election in the guise of national security challenges because defeat was staring it starkly in the face.

He, however, noted that despite the delay tactics, it was resoundingly defeated when the polls finally held.

“The PDP has lost every moral ground and it is mortally afraid of facing the 2019 general election because Nigerians will always remember their past and punish them one more time for economically plundering the country.

“The Cambridge Analytica hacking scandal committed against Candidate Buhari by the PDP in 2015, in which billions of Naira was paid out to the Israelis and other hackers, has shown that the former ruling party lacks both the integrity and credibility to talk about election rigging.”

Meanwhile the PDP has derided the Presidency for falsely accusing it of hacking into President Muhammadu Buhari’s personal data in the run-up to the 2015 general election.

The party said President Buhari’s handlers decided to concoct the fabrications just to divert public attention from the overwhelming national and international rejection of their administration, particularly the Bill Gates’ verdict on the economy.

PDP national publicity secretary,  Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, said the Presidency, in its haste to dish out lies, failed to realise that contrary to its claims, the report it relied upon did not even mention the PDP or any of its officials, and that it even exonerated former President Goodluck Jonathan as having no knowledge of the alleged scam.