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Frank Timi Commends, Facebook, US. Firm For Exposing Buhari’s Fake News Israeli Political Consultant Firm

Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar

by Ike A. Offor

Timi Frank, the former deputy national publicity secretary of All Progressive Congress, APC, and a political activist has publicly expressed his strong commendations for Facebook and the United States firm which exposed the Israeli disinformation company that has helped Buhari and APC to spread false and damaging news against the opposition party’s presidential candidate and the opposition party, PDP. Facebook has announced the closure of the Facebook page of the Israeli consultant company that has used its website and page to spread false news prior and after the 2019 presidential election. These fake news were used to sway the opinion of the Nigerian electorates, and helped to damage the image of Atiku Abubakar. Facebook said that it is doing more now to stop spread of fake news on its platform.

Facebook busted an Isreali-led campaign to sway elections in Nigeria as well as targeted countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The social  media giant on Thursday said it had removed 265 Facebook and Instagram accounts, pages, groups and events linked to an Israel-based firm due to what it called “inauthentic behaviour” targeting users in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa.

The move is part of wider efforts by Facebook to address concerns over privacy lapses and hate speech in social media.

Facebook said the “inauthentic” activity originated in Israel and focused on Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger and Tunisia as well as in Latin America and Southeast Asia.

Below is the press statement from Mr Timi Frank:

Press Release

A political activist and former Deputy National Publicuty Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has commended a report released by a U.S.-based firm, Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, for exposing an Isreali-based political consulting and lobbying firm named Archimedes, who has been coordinating false reports on social media against former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

According to a news report published on Friday by Associated Press (AP), titled: “Isreali disinformation campaign targeted Nigerian election”, Frank said that Facebook had on Thursday banned Archimedes from the platform over its “coordinated and deceptive behavior” 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.

The report specifically revealed that the Isreali-based firm (Archimedes) worked for President Muhammadu Buhari to smear his leading opponent, Atiku Abubakar during the last general elections.

Reacting to the development through a statement on Saturday, Frank said that the world will gradually know all the evil secret behind the declaration of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the last presidential election.

According to Frank, one of the pages that Facebook deleted on Thursday was filled with viral misinformation and direct attacks against Abubakar, the former vice president of Nigeria. The page’s banner image showed Abubakar as Darth Vader, the Star Wars villain, holding up a sign reading, “Make Nigeria Worse Again.”

He also quoted the AP’s report “that on the overall, the misleading accounts had reached some 2.8 million users, and the pages had engaged over 5,000 followers, according to Facebook’s estimates.”

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, truth will definitely catchup 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.”

The political activist called on the international community to note the Associated Press’ report and the extent of damage done to the main opposition party in Nigeria and its Presidential candidate during the last general election.

“The AP’s report has clearly shown the level of lies sponsored against Atiku during and after the last general election. The campaign of calumny has not stopped but Nigerians should henceforth disregard malicious reports in the social media against the former VP,” Frank stated

Signed

Comrade Timi Frank
Political Activist
18/05/2019.

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Expect Govs, NASS Members Exodus Over Atiku APC Exit – Comrade Frank (Ex-APC Deputy Scribe

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Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has warned that exodus will soon hit the ruling party from party members joining the former vice president Atiku Abubakar soon.

Comrade Frank argued that the failure of national leadership of APC will necessitate possible defection from the APC governors and National Assembly members from the ruling party very soon.

A statement he signed Tuesday in Abuja noted that he had warned and even predicted the recent development in APC, and that “the beneficiaries of fragrance disregard to the constitution of the party, impunity and silence of some leaders are responsible for the misfortune befalling the APC.”

“Nigerians,” according to Frank, “should note one very interesting thing in the politics of Nigeria today. In the past, it used to be people decamping or leaving the party that lost election or that is in opposition to the party that is ruling.

“But here we are today, people are moving from the ruling party to the party in opposition. It is saddening but interesting the way politics is played out in Nigeria because here we are, people leaving the comfort zone of government and the corridors of power to the opposition party should signal danger to those leading the ruling party,” he said.

The APC chieftain further noted that the display of arrogance by some party leaders like yje governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-rufai, thinking that some people are not important will further bring misfortune to APC.

According to him; “It is high time APC realised that politics is about number, every youth, man or woman is important. The kind of arrogance going on in the party led some of us out of PDP in those days but we have now realized that it is even worse in APC.

“Though its already getting late, however if this impunity is not tackled between now and early next year, APC may witness the mother of all defections to opposition parties.

“As for me, I am still a member of APC because I believe I have worked hard to bring about the ruling party as a young man, but if the impunity does not stop, I will be left with no option.

“Not only me but some governors, members of the National Assembly and other known party leaders across the country have to decide their political future elsewhere,” he said.

While warning the APC to watch its back for the future, Frank argued that the lack of internal democracy, disregard for party constitution, irregular meeting, inability to conduct convention, no Board of Trustee and arrogance of party leadership will bring about the impending doom.

“Nigerians will remember that I predicted what is happening and I’m still saying that if this party continues in this direction an end will come to it so soon. Though the truth is bitter, I will continue to sacrifice myself in speaking the truth because I know I’m speaking the minds of a lot of members who can’t speak out,” he said. (The Sun)

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