The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has been caught padding its manifesto for the 2019 elections, with materials copied from foreign websites, without attribution.
In the manifesto it recently uploaded on its website, the APC said that its priority is to “ensure a safe and secure America.”
A google search revealed that the words were lifted verbatim, without any attribution.
The paragraph reads: “Assertively pontificate long-term high-impact testing procedures. Progressively synergize timely action items and business “outside the box” thinking. Distinctively foster best-of-breed markets before collaborative schemas. Authoritatively embrace tactical potentialities vis-a-vis low-risk high-yield architectures. Completely administrate robust testing procedures vis-a-vis dynamic testing procedures. Globally fabricate functional intellectual capital for B2B e-services.”
The possible places where the party might have lifted the lines, included one American political action page, and and an Ivoirien energy website.
It was not immediately clear which one the party plagiarised amongst the websites, who appeared to have similarly plagiarised one another.
A Spokesperson for the APC, said that the party is not responsible for the document, and also assumed ignorance of when it was uploaded online. The document, which discussed the party’s ‘NextLevel’ campaign in details, appeared to have been uploaded only in the last few days.
“We do not know how the documents got on our website”, the party’s Spokesperson, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said.
He added: “We have contacted our webmaster, who also suspected that some mischievous elements hacked into our website and uploaded the embarrassing files.”
Issa-Onilu stressed that the party had since regained control of the website and removed the offending materials.
Opposition supporters on the social media, however, rejected the claim that the website was hacked, as an afterthought.
They said that the party had shown a shocking lack of respect to Nigerians, by copying materials from the Internet, despite the massive resources it has access to.
Issa-Onilu stressed that the apc.com.ng that published the offending materials still belongs to the party, and would be used to run its 2019 election activities online.