A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has reacted to a report released by a U.S.-based firm, Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, which revealed that an Isreali-based political consulting and lobbying firm named Archimedes was allegedly coordinating false reports on social media against former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
According to reports, Facebook had on Thursday banned Archimedes from the platform over its “coordinated and deceptive behaviour” as well as conducted a sweeping takedown of dozens of accounts and hundreds of pages primarily aimed at disrupting elections in African countries, with some scattered activity in Southeast Asia and Latin America.
Frank in a statement on Saturday said that the world will gradually know all the evil secret behind the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the last presidential election.
It was gathered that one of the pages that Facebook deleted on Thursday was filled with viral misinformation and direct attacks on Abubakar, The page’s banner image showed Abubakar as Darth Vader, the Star Wars villain, holding up a sign reading, “Make Nigeria Worse Again.”
According to Facebook’s estimates, on the overall, the misleading accounts had reached some 2.8 million users, and the pages had engaged over 5,000 followers.
While thanking Facebook for bringing down the fake accounts, Frank said that “Nigerians ought to be worried about how the APC-led government is spending huge amount of money just to discredit the rightful winner of the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar.
“I believe that if a lie goes on for 20 years, the truth will definitely catch up with it one day. It will not be long before Nigerians will realise how desperate and fake President Muhammadu Buhari is in his bid to hang onto power,” he said.