Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is addressing its social media presence with the introduction of new Twitter handles by the main opposition party in Nigeria.
PDP says its new social media will maximize interactions with its teeming supporters across Nigeria, in what underscores the party’s plan to connect with the country’s online community.
The new Twitter handles which will be operated in four indigenous languages of Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba and Pidgin English are @pdpnhqigbonig for Igbo, @pdpnhqyorubanig for Yoruba, @pdpnhqhausanig for Hausa and @pdpnhqpidginnig for Pidgin, PDP says.
The PDP in a statement signed by Prince Dayo Adeyeye, National Publicity Secretary of the party, also confirmed the closure of its previous official Twitter handle on September 5, this year and “immediate launch” of a new one, which is @officialpdpnig.
[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]PDP says its new social media will maximize interactions with its teeming supporters across Nigeria, in what underscores the party’s plan to connect with the country’s online community.[/quote]The party which says its action was necessary for effective control of its social media accounts also refuted a Twitter handle @SenMakarfi which it is says is a false handle created with the name of Senator Ahmed Makarfi, the party’s National Chairman, .
“We have observed that some elements are creating false social media accounts especially on Twitter and Facebook for some leaders of the Party (past and present) with their photographs and purportedly publishing information on them to mislead the public.
“Recall that Senator Makarfi had through his SA (Media) earlier informed the public of this development and refuted ownership of any account. For the umpteenth time, we wish to reiterate that the National Chairman, H.E. Senator Ahmed Makarfi, CON, has no Twitter Handle or on any social media platform at all. Be warned!” PDP says.
The party again adds, “Our decision to close the Old Handle and Launched the New Handle is to address the issue of unauthorized statements to the Press on behalf of the Party. For effective control, our Official Accounts remains: Twitter Handle- @officialpdpnig; Facebook Account – “Official Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Nigeria; Email – email@example.com
According to the party which ruled Nigeria from 1999 before relinquishing power to the All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2015, the clarification has become necessary in view of the desire of leadership the Party, to integrate all its members, teeming supporters and the general public on the new operations of the Party in view of its people-oriented rebranding and rebuilding Agenda.