An impostor posing as the former governor of Anambra State Peter Obi has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari shortly after his Twitter account was created.
The person behind the handle @Peter__Obi was quick to point that social media was not “his thing” in order to sound genuine.
“I have decided to join twitter since it expands the possibilities of engagement. I hope to receive a warm welcome. Together we will #Atikulate and get Nigeria working again,” the impostor tweeted.
“Social media is not really my thing, but I will try my best to keep up with you all. For now, let’s continue to #Atikulate. Thank you all for the reception!” he added.
But a source on Atiku campaign team said the handle was not that of Atiku Abubakar’s running mate. The source gave Obi’s handle as @PeterGregoryObi.
A check by The Guardian showed that the account given by the source was created sometime in October has not tweeted at all. The impostor handle was also created in October, most likely after Obi was named as Atiku Abubakar’s running mate.
“You know how social media influencers operate…they just jump on the momentum,” the source said, adding that “the social media team will be directed accordingly.”
The impostor said in one of his tweets that an Atiku Abubakar presidency will not be a “lifeless” one.
United States president Donald Trump reportedly called Buhari “lifeless” shortly after a meeting between the two leaders on April 30, Financial Times said in a report published in August.
Buhari, the first sub-Saharan Africa president to meet Trump since he was sworn in January 2017 as the 45th American president, was in the US for bilateral talks on Trump’s invitation.
That meeting ended with Trump saying he never wanted to meet someone as lifeless as Buhari again, Financial Times reported citing three persons familiar with the matter.