Lawal, a member of the logistics subcommittee of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, claimed that the tweets was the handiwork of political detractors.
Suleiman Babachir Lawal has apologized after making a false tweet against Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM), an automobile firm in Nigeria.
He had taken to his Twitter page to claim that Innoson produces low-grade vehicles.
Following a callout by the company, he has now backtracked, saying his phone was “stolen” and “someone mischievously” used it to post damaging stories on social media.
According to a report by FIJ, Lawal, a member of the logistics subcommittee of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, claimed that the tweets made via his Twitter handle, @Hyelasakda, was the “handiwork of political detractors who wanted to create enmity between me and my South East political associates”.
The young politician was, however, silent on whether it was his political detractors who deleted his Twitter account after his criticism was met with social media backlash.
“For the records, sometime ago, my phone was stolen and someone mischievously used same to concoct stories purportedly by me and circulated same on social media, criticizing INNOSON vehicles,” he said.
“To the best of my knowledge, we have not had any serious issues with the two vehicles my father bought from INNOSON vehicles. Each time we call on Innoson vehicle for any minor or major repairs, their response has been swift and they have always deployed spare parts and personnel to rectify such problems.
“I am aware INNOSON VEHICLES has received certifications from international organisations, including Standard Organization (SON) and has met the MANCAP Certification of quality.
“Innoson vehicles are being used by various security agencies that have assisted in the fight against both the insurgents in the northeast and the bandits in many parts of the country.
“I am also aware that other Federal Government agencies like the FRSC, NPC, NSCDC, etc., have been patronizing INNOSON vehicles as a mark of confidence in the quality of its vehicles, especially, as attested to by the nation’s apex standards body (SON).
In closing, he “urged the public, especially the political class, to patronize Innoson Vehicles for their campaigns, to demonstrate their believe [sic] in made in Nigeria products, through which unemployment can be reduced as well as promote industrial and economic growth of the Nigeria they want to govern.
“BRAVO! To Innoson and other patriotic Nigerian industrialist [sic].”