In a very complicated and confusing development, AP CNigeria, the supposed Twitter account of the All Progressives Congress, APC has been hijacked by an unknown hacker.
The Twitter which as denied as the official account of the party by its spokesman, Bolaji Abdullahi, is now demanding for 100,000 in Bitcoins which is approximately N36 million.
The hijacker has also threatened to expose all the private communication between the Twitter account and top government officials including the military. While there is information as to whether the account is used for high-level private discussions, the account might have sensitive information that can embarrass the government and other persons who have interacted with it.
The matter gets more confusing as the alleged hijacker claimed that he bought the Twitter account for $2,000 from an unknown owner. This might further lend credence to the disclaimer by the APC spokesman, however, the handle has been used for official APC campaigns and communication since the party was formed in 2014 without been rebuked or called out as a fake.
There is no end sight to the stand off as there has been no official and public statement from the government on the matter.
The APC Party is Nigeria’s ruling party but it has been embroiled in internal wranglings and power tussle between its national chairman who, John Odigie Oyegun and Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the party’s national leader who was sidelined by President Muhammadu Buhari after he took office in 2015.
The APC has also come under intense pressure for not doing enough to secure the country from rampaging herdsmen attacks, kidnapping and terrorists activities in Nigeria’s Northeast region. While the government has traded several theories on the dicey security situation, there is a widespread criticism on his its laid back response and lack of sincerity to curb violent crimes across the country.
With an election slated for next year, President Muhammadu Buhari has stated his decision to seek reelection while opposing the tenure elongation plans of its national chairman which has splitted the party into two groups who might be at daggers drawn as soon as electioneering gets close.
A political analyst who spoke to PageOne.ng said the Twitter account disclaimer and eventual hijack of the account might be a part of the larger plot playing out and a bigger crisis brewing in the party.