Reno Omokiri, a media aide to former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, has continued in his string of attacks on the ruling All Progressives Congress. Omokiri said the party decided to disown its own Twitter manager, Philip Obin, just after he (Omokiri) exposed it secretly sought to be friendly with him.
“24 hours after I exposed @APCNigeria's overtures to me, the party has now denied their own VERIFIED twitter handle. APC is just a hypocritical contraption, full of lies and propaganda.I urge Nigeria to send them back to the pit of hell from where they came,” said Omokiri.
However, the APC through Edegbe Odemwingie, its assistant director for publicity, denied the party made overtures to Omokiri. The party further said that Obin, who might have contacted Omokiri, once managed its Twitter handle, @APCNigeria, and did not have the authorisation of the party to deal with the Jonathan’s aide.
The APC described Obin as a youth volunteer for the President Muhammadu Buhari campaigns in 2015.
In what seemed a contradictory after admitting Obin once managed the Twitter account, APC said it in the past distanced itself from the now notorious Twitter handle @APCNigeria.
“The Party had on several occasions distanced itself from the now notorious twitter handle, “@APCNigeria” following unauthorized tweets and subsequent false reports credited to the Party on the outcome of the Benue South Senatorial rerun election (February 21, 2016) and an “Assessment Poll” on President Muhammadu Buhari Administration (May 31, 2017), among others”, the party said.
“Despite our rebuttals, Mr. Obin has continued to impersonate the Party through the twitter handle, “@APCNigeria”.
Adding, the APC said “Philip Obin administered the Twitter handle at the time. But despite numerous appeals to him by various well meaning party representatives, to hand over the handle, Mr. Obin has refused and in defiance continues to use it to misrepresent the Party.
“Giving this latest incident, the Party is now left with no option than to take other lawful actions to restrain Obin from further embarrassing the Party. The general public is yet again reminded that the Twitter handle @APCNigeria is not a Twitter handle of the All Progressives Congress”.
However, Newsbreak.ng can confirm that the verified Twitter account remains active, with its newest tweets being on President Buhari’s itinerary in Daura, Katsina state, where he had gone to condole over the death of Senator Mustapha Bukar.