#NigeriaDecides: APC media outlets scramble to delete false election results

By Ayoola Mudasiru March 30, 2015 20:06

#NigeriaDecides: APC media outlets scramble to delete false election results

Following the official results announced by the Returning Officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, several online media outlets, loyal to the All Progressives Congress, APC, have pulled down their falsified election result figures that were contradicted by the figures announced by the electoral commission.

Print media culprits include Punch and Vanguard, while the online media outlets include Sahara Reporters, Premium Times, NAIJ.com, and PM News.

The champions of this are Premium Times and Sahara Reporters, which have long identified themselves as the media wings of the All Progressives Congress.

These two, who have shown their partisanship a long time ago, have deviated so far from any semblance of credibility and lost all forms of journalistic ethics.

Results initially published by these outlets have now beenconfirmed to be false and misleading by INEC, and have now been pulled down as at when Post Nigeria tried to get screen grabs of such falsified results.

Premium Times have edited their election portal and deleted all entries prior to 3pm today, while PM News have edited their previous posts on their site, and deleted all tweets announcing the falsified election results.

APC Radio Chanji.fwThese media houses had, despite INEC’s warnings, clearly prohibiting media houses from announcing results before INEC begins collation, violated INEC’s directives and prior to results announcement began to flaunt different figures online and via their social media platforms.

INEC had warned Sunday and long before, that pronouncement of results by media houses and individuals through whatever means is against the Electoral Act.

As the results began to stagger in, it became evident the figures propagated and distributed by these media houses were clearly false.

These online media agencies have swiftly deleted and edit any evidence to this effect as it could leave them open to lawsuits.

This has given credibility to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, earlier warnings that the All Progressives Congress, APC, had plans to publish fake and misleading results with a bid to instigate violence.

Post Nigeria had also exclusively reported severally on how APC plans to use online media outlets and social media to deceive and confuse supporters, so as to find a basis to challenge a PDP win.