Mohammed Adoke, former attorney-general of the federation, has denied rumours that he sent a congratulatory message to Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west.
Melaye, who ran under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), won his reelection bid, beating his closest rival Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He polled 85,395 votes, while Adeyemi had 66, 901 votes.
But a Facebook account claiming to be that of Adoke congratulated Melaye.
In a statement on Tuesday, Adoke denied owning the Facebook account, saying the congratulatory message did not come from him.
He advised the public to disregard the message, describing it as “handiwork of fraudsters and mischief makers”.
“The attention of Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke SAN ( Our Client) has been drawn to a congratulatory massage to Senator Dino Malaye on Facebook purportedly posted by him,” Victor Iorshenge, lawyer representing Adoke, said.
“This is to inform the general public and all Facebook users that our client does not own or operate a Facebook account and that the said congratulatory massage did not emanate from him.
“Our Client therefore calls on the general public and Facebook users to disregard the said Facebook posting in it’s entirety as it is nothing but the handiwork of fraudsters and mischief makers.
“Our Client has since 2015 when he left public office maintained a personal policy of refraining from commenting on issues related to Nigerian politics and this has not changed.
“Our client has taken appropriate steps to bring this infraction and illegality to the attention of Facebook for immediate remedial action.”