By Yemi Adebowale
A frontline social media activist and Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), Mr. Gbenga Sesan has threatened court action over claims that he was a beneficiary of the sum of N75 million allegedly paid by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to induce the social media collaboration of Gbenga Sesan and other social media influencers for the just concluded presidential campaign of President-Elect, Muhammadu Buhari.
The allegation, which was made by one Adelaja Adeoye on 24th April 2015 via his Twitter immediately, provoked Sesan’s reaction. According to Adelaja, “Have you finished spending your own share of the APC N75m to bloggers? Work on Buddie. THE JOKE IS ON YOU GBENGA….”, he tweeted at Gbenga Sesan.
— ADELAJA ADEOYE (@AdelajaAdeoye) April 24, 2015
In his reaction to the allegation, Sesan threatened to sue Adelaja if he continued in what he (Sesan) described as an attempt at “slander.”
— ‘Gbénga Sèsan (@gbengasesan) April 24, 2015
In a set of tweets between the duo, it appears, Sesan has made good his threat to sue for defamation.
.@AdelajaAdeoye Since you insist, I suggest you check your eMail. My lawyer has a message for you. You were warned.
— ‘Gbénga Sèsan (@gbengasesan) April 29, 2015
.@AdelajaAdeoye My lawyer called but you continue to deny receipt of letter. Please provide a physical address. Time to defend your claim!
— ‘Gbénga Sèsan (@gbengasesan) May 4, 2015
Attempts by our reporter to get Mr. Sesan on the phone to give a detailed account of his reaction to the allegation proved abortive as his line ringed out without a response. Similarly, our reporter reached out to Mr. Adelaja who has promised to call back to discuss the details of his allegations against Sesan.
Since Nigeria’s presidential election came to a close, allegations of political support financially induced from social media activists by politicians both within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are commonplace.
The outcome of the ongoing spat between Sesan and Adelaja may yet set the tone for the unveiling of a can of worms on the massive fraud and corruption behind youth participation in political campaigns in Nigeria.