Updated: February 25, 2021
Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, Mr Timi Frank, said on Monday that the newly unveiled campaign slogan of his former party for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari is fraudulent and should be rejected.
In a statement to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC, Mr Frank urged Nigerians to reject “Next Level” campaign catch phrase by the APC for the 2019 General Elections.
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Frank described the campaign phrase as a “total fraud”, arguing that the APC has no concrete and beneficial achievements on ground.
He said since no man can give what he does not have; embracing the deceptive campaign will be done at the nation’s peril.
He said: “Under the Buhari/APC’s administration, we have seen worst statistics of job losses, unemployment, economic stagnation, abject poverty, treasury looting, disobedience to court orders, intimidation of Judicial officers, dictatorship, selective anti-corruption fight, lies, intolerance, insincerity, outright tyranny, continuous breach of the Constitution, nepotism, cronyism and the use of security forces to intimidate the National Assembly and the poor citizens of this country.
“Their Change Agenda has failed. The #Next Level Agenda is fraudulent. The last three and a half years has proved they don’t have what it takes to chart a way forward for Nigeria. No man can give what he does not possess. They deceived Nigerians with Change Agenda, which turned out to be a change in personal fortune for themselves and their cronies.
“Be that as it may, I urge Nigerians not to touch the unveiled Buhari/APC’s #Next Level with an electric pole. As far as I am concerned, this is a next level of fraud. A #Next Level in the empowerment of Boko Haram and militia herders to continue to kill, maim, torture, kidnap and destroy the property of Nigerians.
“This can only mean a #Next Level of vote allocation to the APC, disenfranchisement of Nigerians through vote buying, use of security forces to rig election in favour of Buhari/APC, intimidation of voters, harassment and illegal detention of opposition political leaders.
“This can only mean a #Next Level of empowering his cabinet to divert the nation’s patrimony from budgeted allocation to their private pockets.
“This can only mean a #Next Level of diverting relief materials meant for suffering Internally Displaced Persons for their pecuniary gains. This can only mean a #Next Level of filling up key federal vacancies with candidates from one section of the country,” Frank stated.