John Alechenu, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party has alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress and its leaders are behind the ban on Twitter operations in Nigeria.
The opposition party accused the ruling party of seeking to stifle free speech in an attempt to vanquish Nigerians.
This was contained in a statement titled, ‘APC Behind Twitter Ban and Moves to Suppress Nigerians,’ signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
Ologbondiyan explained that the PDP had information about “how APC leaders at one of their party’s national caucus meeting recommended the regulation of social media in Nigeria and how they have been plotting to obliterate internet-based interaction platforms such as Twitter”.
He further said, “The PDP recalls how the APC Caucus has been pushing bills in the National Assembly, particularly in November 2020, seeking to enforce a draconian regulation of social media so as to gag Nigerians from exposing its atrocities, including human right abuses, treasury looting, nepotism and sectional marginalisation by the APC administration.
“Nigerians can also recall how the APC administration in carrying out the agenda of its party has been using the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to suffocate the media space with humongous fines and threats of suspension of operating license on broadcast stations.
“The PDP wants the APC to know that their plot against Nigerians have been exposed and cannot stand.
“Our nation is known for her resilient citizenry and no leader or political party has been able to suppress the wishes of Nigerians.
“The APC, in spite of its machinations, cannot vanquish Nigerians in their determination for a free and democratic nation where sovereignty belongs to the people.“
Attempts to get an official reaction from the APC were futile as the party is yet to respond to inquiries on the subject.