Some critics of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have mocked the party over disowning its verified Twitter account. The ruling party's handle was Saturday changed to Justin Sun, a man who claims to be based in San Francisco, United States.
The account traded cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin and ethereum.
In a tweet he posted after taking over, Sun demanded to be paid $100,000 for him to “shut up” about how the Twitter handle became his personal possession.
“If the president of Nigeria does not pay me $100K, I’ll post all the correspondence here, and the whole world will see it,” he tweeted.
But Bolaji Abdullahi, APC Publicity Secretary, said the handle @APCNigeria did not belong to the party following Saturday's hacking of the Twitter page.
“For the umpteenth time, @APCNigeria IS NOT the official Twitter handle of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“In several official statements, we have disclaimed that handle. We view this latest development as a case of criminal impersonation," Abdullahi wrote on Twitter.
Reacting to Abdullahi’s claim, Lere Olayinka, spokesman of Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, said if the APC could deny its verified Twitter handle, it could one day deny President Muhammadu Buhari as its 2015 presidential candidate and may one day sell the country.
“A party that disowned its verified official twitter handle will one day deny that it presented @MBuhari as its candidate in 2015.
“A party that cannot manage ordinary Twitter handle is the one in charge of Nigeria!
“A Party with fraudulent member that can sell it’s official Twitter handle to a foreigner at $2,000 will one day sell Nigeria," Olayinka said.
Another Twitter user, @gbengasesan, said there is more to the development than meets the eye.
“If this isn’t a joke, I don’t know what is: Nigeria’s ruling party’s twitter handle, @APCNigeria, allegedly sold for $2,000. Buyer claims he bought from “the president of Nigeria”. There’s probably more to the story…,” @gbengasesan wrote.
"I cannot categorically tell u the official twitter handle of APC now. The official one that we are going to make use of is going to be made known by my Oga at the top. But the one we use for now is: @ A P (sneezes).... dassol," @pius_adesanmi wrote.
@KelvinOdanz wrote: "So after 3 years of being associated with a Twitter account, APC is now denying it. Same way they've denied almost every promises they've made to Nigeria. Same way they denied Buhari will run for just one term. Lies! Lies! Lies!"
@Billion TwiTs tweeted: "Wow the official verified APC Nigerian account was sold! Nigeria is actually a big joke."