Nigerian economist and former Kaduna North Senator, Datti Baba-Ahmed has said that the growing fortune of the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi has suddenly become a bitter pill for some Nigerian politicians.
Baba-Ahmed who was unveiled as LP’s vice presidential candidate on July 8 said some politicians have already gone extreme by committing huge amounts of money to create and spread falsehood about him and Obi in the name of politics.
Naija News reports that the former Kaduna North Senator said this while reacting to a series of social media accounts created in his name.
Baba-Ahmed on Monday (today), expressed frustration that he had spent the last 10 years struggling to free himself from the activities of impostors. According to him, the situation worsened immediately after he was unveiled as Obi’s running mate in the 2023 election.
Naija News understands that the founder of Baze University raised the alarm while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja today.
The 46-year-old said that his fame particularly came with its consequence, stating that his reputation was at stake over the activities of impostors who had opened several accounts in his name.
“Impostors had, right from the inception of the various social media platforms, opened accounts in my name without my knowledge or approval. I wrote several complaints accordingly, which were never attended to satisfactorily.
“This situation remained for nearly a decade, and I decided to be inactive on the platforms till my complaints were satisfactorily attended to. Ever since indications began to appear about my joining the Labour Party, more impostors hurriedly opened more accounts in my name, in most cases misspelled or in the wrong format,” Baba-Ahmed said in an interview with The PUNCH.
The politician said that some of the communications were premeditated and designed to set him against legitimate and established responsible religious organisations, which often culminates in adverse reactions from other social media users.
He stressed that the party’s opponents and critics may have sponsored the unholy acts during a politically sensitive period. The LP chieftain, therefore, called on Nigerians to disregard any exchange or communications from the fake social media accounts
Baba-Ahmed added: “I, hereby, dissociate my humble self from the creation, ownership, and operation of any such social media accounts and equally declare that all exchanges and communications therefrom are without my knowledge or input in any way whatsoever
“I call on the social media platforms owners, creators, and operators to immediately realise the dangers their highly valued technologies portend in society and quickly responsibly rise to the challenge of preventing further creation and use of fake accounts.
“Peter Obi’s growing fortunes have become such a bitter pill for some Nigerian retrogressive status quo politicians to the extent of apparently committing huge amounts of money in creating and spreading falsehood in the name of politics.”