Former Senator and controversial minister Musiliu Obanikoro and Governor of Rivers State Rotimi Amaechi took turns attacking one another on Twitter over the disputed election in Rivers State.
Obanikoro cast the first stone in a Tweet while boasting about congratulating Governor-Elect Ambode for his successful campaign in Lagos State. Mr. Obanikoro lost to Jimi Agbaje during his primary campaign to run for governor of Lagos State on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket
I congratulated Ambode based on the larger interest of Lagos State. Amaechi and his co-travelers in Rivers State should learn from this. #MO— Musiliu Obanikoro (@MObanikoro) April 13, 2015
Governor Amaechi then lashed back at Obanikoro in a series of Tweets arguing that the Rivers State election must be canceled due to poll fraud:
Mr. Obanikoro then responded with a series of his own Tweets by inferring polling irregularities in the north. Obanikoro then concluded his Twitter attacks by saying “don’t also forget the history of how you became Governor of Rivers State,” referring to the widely-held belief that Amaechi rigged his election in Rivers State.
SaharaReporters reached out to Governor Amaechi’s office for his response to Obanikoro’s latest Tweets, but they were unavailable at the time of writing. Governor Amaechi did re-Tweet some of his supporters pointing some inaccuracies with Mr. Obanikoro's statements.
Mr. Obanikoro was recently appointed to a lackluster cabinet position by President Jonathan, after he lost his primary bid to be governor of Lagos State and after the revelation of his involvement in rigging the Ekiti State gubernatorial elections for the PDP.
SaharaReporters could not view Musiliu Obanikoro's Twitter account because he has since blocked our news organization handles. A SaharaReporters employee had to view Mr. Obanikoro's Tweets on their personal Twitter account.