REVEALED: PDP lied about hacked account

By Ayoola Mudasiru May 19, 2015 14:27

REVEALED: PDP lied about hacked account

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, it would seem, lied about its social media accounts being hacked.

On Sunday, the PDP sent out a series of tweets, via its verified twitter handle, @PdpNigeria, claiming responsibility for the good and the bad the country has experienced within the past sixteen years.

    “We accept responsibility for all that has gone wrong & bad in the last 16 years & we give you Nigerians the credit for successes recorded,” the PDP tweeted, but have now formally stated that this tweet along with several others is from a so called hacker.

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The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, on Monday, issued a statement announcing the de-activation of the party’s social media handles, following the conciliatory tweets posted on the handle, which they later denounced alleging that the messages posted were not the ‘official position’ of the party.

In what most are describing as an ill-advised move by the party leadership, Metuh continued, outrightly stated that, contrary to the messages accepting responsibility for the mistakes made and promising a better and more inclusive party system, the PDP could not but boast of a robust record of achievements in the 16 years of its rule.

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Post Nigeria can categorically confirm that the statement released by Metuh was an outright and blatant lie.

The PDP social media handles were never hacked and have been under the control of the PDP media center.

During the period when Metuh claimed their accounts were under the control of hackers, the PDP was still able to send out a tweet that it claimed responsibility for.

Usually, when hackers take control of a website or account, they lock out the original owner, but it seems this did not happen in PDP’s case, as it had full control over the account during the period in view.

It would seem that owing to the division and crises within the party, some party chieftains orchestrated the release of those tweets, envisaging that accepting responsibility and seeking for the goodwill and cooperation of Nigerians was the way forward for the long ruling party.

But the leadership of the Party, led by the National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, and supported by the National Working Committee, NWC, are of the view that the PDP can do no wrong and reportedly ordered Metuh to release the said statement.

Almost twenty four hours after Metuh’s statement that the social media accounts would be deactivated, the accounts still remain active, and have instead, gone through a series of clean up to delete the tweets which the leadership of the Party seems not to want out there, a move that confirms our findings.

A political analyst with close ties to the PDP explained that the leadership and some top party chieftains are at loggerheads over the issue, with the leadership threatening to fire members of its media team who are not loyal to the Mu’azu, Metuh and NWC faction.

Despite some PDP Governors and some party chieftains promising that PDP won’t dissolve, neither would its name change, the wrangling within the party, which has left some founding members seriously displeased, coupled with the refusal of the leadership to pass the reins to fresh blood, may lead to the sure demise of the PDP.