Labor Party vice-presidential candidate Datti Baba-Ahmed expressed frustration on Monday at having spent the past 10 years struggling to free himself from the activities of imposters.
Baba-Ahmed revealed that the situation escalated immediately after his appointment as the running mate of party flag bearer Peter Obi.
The founder of Baze University sounded the alarm when he answered questions from reporters in Abuja on Monday.
The 46-year-old economist, who was unveiled as Labor’s running mate on July 8, had served as a Senator for Kaduna North from 2011 to 2012 and also a member of the House of Representatives from 2003 to 2007.
His unveiling ceremony took place just 24 hours after chief executive of the Peter Obi campaign organization Doyin Okupe announced his stepping down as the party’s replacement.
A saddened Baba-Ahmed, however, admitted on Monday that fame had its consequences, saying his reputation was at stake due to the activities of imposters who had opened several accounts in his name.
He said: “Imposters had, since the inception of the various social media platforms, opened accounts in my name without my knowledge or approval. I have written several complaints as a result, which have never been satisfactorily addressed.
“This situation has remained for almost a decade, and I have decided to remain inactive on the platforms until my complaints are satisfactorily addressed. Since indications began to appear of my membership in the Labor Party , more and more imposters hastily opened more accounts in my name, most of them misspelled or in the wrong format.
According to him, some of the communications were premeditated and designed to pit him against legitimate and established responsible religious organizations, often resulting in backlash from other social media users.
The politician noted that there is enough justification to conclude that opponents and critics of the party may have sponsored the ungodly acts during a politically sensitive period.
He therefore called on Nigerians to ignore any exchange or communication from the fake social media accounts.
“I hereby dissociate my humble self from the creation, ownership and operation of these social media accounts and further declare that all exchanges and communications arising therefrom are without my knowledge or contribution of any way.
“I call on the owners, creators and operators of social media platforms to immediately wake up to the dangers that their much-loved technologies portend to society and to quickly and responsibly rise to the challenge of preventing the creation and using fake accounts.
“Peter Obi’s growing fortune has become such a bitter pill for some Nigerian politicians who are backward from the status quo to the point of seemingly committing huge sums of money to creating and spreading lies in the name of politics,” he said. he declared.