Tension as APC forces PDP to shutdown operations

By Amako Nneji April 20, 2016 10:33

Tension as APC forces PDP to shutdown operations

The embattled National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisah Metuh, has on Wednesday, April 20, confirmed that the party has shut down its official and verified Twitter handle @PDPNigeria.

In an exclusive interview with Post-Nigeria, Metuh said that the decision was necessary because of the “activities of hackers who have resort to use it to attack individuals instead of policies and programs of government.”

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“I want to reiterate that the PDP doesn’t attack individuals. I have directed the head of publicity to shut it down. The latest tweet targeted at Garba Shehu was not authorised by us. Hackers are on prowl.”

He added that the twitter handle will remain shut until further directive is given by the party leadership.

Earlier, the party’s head of publicity division, Chinwe Nnorom, confirmed in a statement made available to Post-Nigeria that all tweets and communication from @PDPNigeria no longer represents the position of the party.

She said, “The general public may wish to recall that the official twitter handle of our great Party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) @PDPNigeria was compromised sometime last year and a statement was issued to that regard to alert unsuspecting members of the public,” the statement read.

“However, in view of the recent activities on the handle, I have been directed again to emphasise the shutdown of this twitter account.

“All tweets and any communication from the handle @PDPNigeria do not represent the views of the Party forthwith.’’

Recall, that the PDP, via its twitter handle had accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, of buying $800, 000 from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, at official rate, and selling it off the same day at black market rates.

In a letter addressed to the PDP Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, the presidential spokesman threatened to file a defamatory suit against the party, except the party apologises to him.

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However, Metuh in an exclusive interview with Post-Nigeria on March 20, maintained that he has directed the Head of Publicity of the party to find out if actually the alleged tweet emanated from the PDP twitter handle.

Post-Nigeria gathered that the presidency is currently satisfied with the decision of the party to shut down its twitter handle, hence considering dropping the charges against the PDP.

The PDP via its twitter handle had earlier launched a twitter attack on Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari.

The opposition party accused the first lady of illegally obtaining $22 million forex from the Apex bank for resale like a Bureau de Change Operator, BDC.

They also, accused President Buhari of withdrawing $23 million forex from the Apex bank for foreign travel expenses and estacodes.