Oil business mogul Femi Otedola is rumoured to have accepted to join the Lagos governorship race in 2019 under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Minutes after it was tweeted by popular celebrity publisher, Dele Momodu, it had received more than 11,000 tweets.
“Breaking news: Lagos 2019 promises to be interesting. PDP offers Femi Otedola governorship ticket. He’s accepted and personally confirmed to The Boss newspaper,” @DeleMomodu tweeted.
But a closer look at the Femi Otedola twitter handle shows that there are many impersonators parading themselves as Otedola on the micro-blogging platform.
Difference between the fake and real Otedola on twitter
The fake Femi Otedola tweets @realFemiOtedola, which isn’t verified, and has just 2,223 followers at the time of filing this report.
The real handle though looks alike but it is verified with the verified blue mark @realFemiOtedola with over 54,000 followers.
Infomedia Nigeria also discovered that the verified twitter account tweeted last on June 30, 2018.
The last tweet on the verified @realFemiOtedola is: “Good day to the online community. Due to the fraudulent and disingenuous exploitation of my persona on this platform, tweets from me on this account are suspended forthwith until I am verified by Twitter. Thank you. F.Ote$”
Good day to the online community. Due to the fraudulent and disingenuous exploitation of my persona on this platform, tweets from me on this account are suspended forthwith until I am verified by Twitter. Thank you. F.Ote$
— Femi Ote$ (@realFemiOtedola) June 30, 2018
Infomedia Nigeria Observation:
If truly the oil magnate is accepting to run as governor in Lagos State, we expected his social media handles to have distributed the update.
A closer look into the other unverified @realFemiOtedola, we noticed that the account had tweeted dubiously in the past encouraging followers to retweet in order to win a specified amount of money, that we considered unreal.
How real is Otedola’s declaration for Lagos Governorship seat?
We can’t specifically say now, but in the past names of influential rich Nigerian men have come up as contenders into political offices.
At a time, the name of African richest man, Aliko Dangote, came up as likely Presidential candidate against President Muhammadu Buhari, but Dangote swiftly reacted saying, “I don’t have plan to contest as Nigeria’s president, my business deserves my attention for now, and I don’t want anyone to bring me in collision with the presidency.”
It is possible that the same antics is being used by the opposition to cause a political tension in Lagos.
Though we can’t completely rule out the possibility of Otedola joining politics considering the fact that his late father Sir Michael Otedola was a former governor of Lagos State from January 1992 to November 18, 1993.
The news is coming at a time Lagos State is under spotlight as incumbent Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday declared his intention to seek re-election in 2019 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
Ambode has said, “…there is still a lot more to be done and I am not tired. I am sure you feel the same way because we all envision a better Lagos of our dreams.
Infomedia Nigeria will continue to monitor the political events as they unfold in Lagos and other part of Nigeria.