Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
The troubles of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have assumed a new dimension with the Party decommissioning it’s social media handles for alleged infiltration. The party said it’s facebook and twitter handles have been hacked leading to unauthorised and embarrassing statements and releases which is not in consonance with the ideology of the party. Consequently “Furthermore, to halt the embarrassing trend in our social media handles, the party has decided to decommission our official twitter and facebook accounts for now, to pave way for proper overhauling of the system.” This was contained in a press statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Olisa Metuh on Monday.
The party demur the credit of personal opinions of members to the stand of the party charging media houses to ensure that they should cross-check any matter with the bonafide spokesman of the party rather than input such personal positions as official positions of the PDP. We have also noted that some of our new media handles; our facebook and twitter accounts have been hacked resulting in series of unauthorized releases, with the latest being Sunday’s post quoting our party as accepting responsibility for failure in the last 16 years; a statement which could not have come from the PDP that has a robust record of achievements in all sectors of our national life within the period.
PDP said that however, now that the campaigns are over, we wish to notify the general public especially the media that henceforth “only statements, utterances and positions of the National Chairman and the National Publicity Secretary or any other national officer of the party authorized by the National Working Committee shall be regarded and reported as the official position of our great party in line with the relevant provisions of the PDP constitution. It maintained that the decision was part of her efforts to build the party rather than infringe on the rights of its members to express themselves in solidarity with the party.