Group Emerges To Fight Fake News,Misinformation Ahead Of Feb 25 Election

Convener Social Rehabilitation Gruppe (SRG), Dr. Charles Marindoti Oludare speaking via zoom during the inaugural meeting

Stabilizing the polity through effective management of information and stemming the rate of fake news and misinformation, especially on the social media space is critical to achieving good outcome in next months presidential election.

The Convener of a Sociocultural organisation known as Social Rehabilitation Gruppe (SRG), Dr. Charles Marindoti Oludare stated this at the inaugural meeting of the organization in Lagos.

Dr. Oludare, a medical doctor by profession observed with displeasure that there was so much tension in the polity, which he blamed on fake news and misinformation by some politicians making frantic efforts to run down their opponents.

He said this would impact negatively on the outcome of the election if not checked as the purveyors of the fake news and misinformation have dented the reputation of other candidates making them to loose some of their supporters.

Dr. Oludare explained that the organisation was therefore established with the mandate of sensitizing the public on false narrations, so that the electorate will go to the poll with a clear mind.

Dr. Charles Oludare who joined the meeting virtually urged the youths especially not to support any aspirant blindly but stand with someone with good character and have a history of providing platforms for young people. According to him, the candidate of the All Progressives Partly, Bola Tinubu has better plans for them and the generality of Nigerians.

He also noted that despite the situation in the country, the best candidate for president should be able to bring about true federalism and formidable state policing.

The Southwest coordinator of the organisation, Mr. Ademola Obadofin, who congratulated delegates to the meeting from all the states in south west region of the country called on all and sundry to be actively involved in the coming election.

Some participants

In a keynote address, Chairman Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, Jaiyeola Mobolaji Olusegun, said they were interested in the initiative as its aim is on electing the right people to deliver true dividends of democracy to the masses.

He urged the electorate to vote wisely for candidates with the ability to effectively organize and manage the affairs of government as well as carry everyone along in the scheme of things.

The speakers urged aspirants to try their best to make their campaigns issue based and desist from verbal attacks of opponents or making derogatory statements against any tribe or their people.

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