President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has kicked out his controversial social media point man, Reno Omokri and has replaced him with Obi Asika who takes over as the new senior special assistant on social media.
According to SaharaReporters, Mr. Jonathan move is seen as an apparent maneuver to re-energize his social media image following a growing slide in his electoral fortunes, as well as a series of scandals involving Reno. Until now, Reno Omokri ran the office, heading the President’s campaign social media team.
You recall Mr. Omokri had committed a series of blunders in recent months that cast Mr. Jonathan’s campaign in bad light. He organized two online polls that eventually showed that President Jonathan would lose the 2015 elections to the opposition APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, by a wide margin. Several sources at the Presidency said Mr. Omokri’s cup became full after he engineered a poll on Twitter where informal posts showed that Mr. Jonathan’s electoral prospects had become wretched.
�That ill-advised Twitter poll backfired and caused embarrassment to Mr. President,” said a source close to the Jonathan campaign.
In a short email obtained by SaharaReporters earlier today, presidential spokesman Reuben Abati confirmed Mr. Asika’s appointment to take charge of the president’s social media coverage. A source in the Presidency disclosed that Mr. Omokri was now in a subordinate position to Mr. Asika in the hierarchy of aides working on the president’s social media image.
�If Reno decides to remain here, he will have to be reporting to Obi Asika,” a source at the Presidency revealed.
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