Bashir Ahmad, personal assistant on new media to President Muhammadu Buhari, used a picture from the campaign rally of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Taraba state to campaign for his principal.
Atiku and his team visited Taraba on Tuesday. A newspaper advertorial placed the picture from the campaign on its front page, with a message thanking the people of the state for coming out to receive Buhari.
The picture was also captioned: “A section of the crowd at the Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign flag-off in Jalingo, Taraba state, on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.”
However, Ahmad uploaded a picture of the advertorial on his Twitter handle, portraying it as taken at Buhari’s rally in the state.
Buhari held his re-election campaign in Taraba on Thursday.
“Thank you, Tarabans! #PMBInTarabaa,” Ahmad wrote.
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) February 8, 2019
Ahmad’s post was received with criticisms, while some people said he has been “Atikulated”.
Below are some of the reactions to Ahmad’s post
But this is @OfficialPDPNig rally in Taraba except u have been Atikated too.
— REM. (@martinsalive) February 8, 2019
Below if you look clearly you can see abubakar. How did he miss that also.
— Ayobhad (@ayobhad) February 8, 2019
The sweet thing about this blunder is that not Buhari minion can defend this one. The own goal is so glaring ehh
— Frankie 🔴🐘 (@FIOnwuchekwa) February 8, 2019
Ahmad later took down the tweet.