Controversy trailed the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday after it announced that it had shut down its official website due to hacking claims.
The party in a statement issued by Lanre Issa-Onilu, its National Publicity Secretary, said its website; apc.com.ng, was hacked as “unauthorised content” was published on the page.
Issa-Onilu added that he had given instructions for the website to be “taken down.”
“Our attention has just been drawn to the fact that the APC’s official website, apc.com.ng, has been hacked with unauthorised content posted on our pages.
“I have instructed that the site be taken down. Steps are underway to clean it up, strengthen the security and restore it as soon as possible.
“We won’t allow desperate people to succeed in their evil plots,” the statement read.
However, just close to an hour before Issa-Onilu’s statement, Tolu Ogunlesi, Special Assistant to the President on New Media, in a post on Twitter said officialapcng.com was the official website of the ruling party.
He cited a previous report in which Bolaji Abdullahi, the party’s immediate spokesperson, stated that the website and its social media handles were changed as at April 2015 due to the same hacking reasons.
See Ogunlesi’s tweet below:
Via @PremiumTimesng; April 2018: “The All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced its newly-designed website and other official social media accounts.” https://t.co/TATtgshkTR@StephanieBusari @Chxta @DemolaRewaju @OfficialAPCNg @OfficialPDPNig pic.twitter.com/4k7DzHfT7D— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) January 12, 2019