CLAIM: Adeleke said in a tweet “Our mandate will not be stolen this time, It Is fire for fire”
CONTEXT: On July 8, 2022, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted an image with the caption “the People’s Love will not be taken for granted. Come July 16th our mandate will not be stolen again. “This time it is fire for fire”
CONCLUSION: CDD fact-checkers can confirm that mischief makers manipulated the claim to cause confusion and trigger Violence. CDD can confirm this claim is False
CDD is urging members of the public to verify from certified source before sharing any news report especially, from a random WhatsApp status
CLAIM: Tinubu replaced Shettima with Dogara as his running mate.
VERDICT: FALSE AND MISLEADING
CONTEXT: On July 15, 2022, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a post on ” Nairaland” that says; Breaking: Tinubu Replaces Shettima With Dogara The report published the claim with the headline: “Breaking: Tinubu Replaces Shettima With Dogara”
VERIFICATION: Investigation by CDD Fact checkers revealed that the report is false and misleading following the declaration statement of the outcome of the Primary election conducted by the APC in Maiduguri reading that Barr. Kaka-Shehu Lawab is Replacing Senator Kashim Shettima as the APC Borno Central Senatorial District candidate for the 2023 election. Tinubu’s running Mate, Shettima was replaced as APC Borno Central candidate by Barr. Lawan upon his nomination as the Vice Presidential candidate.
CONCLUSION: CDD fact-checkers upon investigation verified the report to be false and misleading. CDD is urging members of the public to verify every piece of information and only share news from credible sources.
CLAIM: Senator Adeleke, PDP Candidate has been sacked by the court from participating in the forthcoming Osun election
CONTEXT: On July 15, 2022, a screenshot message credited to the APC Youth Stakeholders Forum, surfaced on WhatsApp with a claim that Senator Ademola Adeleke, Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Osun State Governorship election, has been sacked by the court.
VERIFICATION: CDD Fact checkers interrogated the validity of the claim. Findings revealed that on May 18, 2022, a Federal High Court in Osogbo affirmed Ademola Adeleke of the PDP as the authentic candidate of the party in the July 16, 2022 governorship election in the state.
In his Judgement, the judge, Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel, held that the primary election conducted at the WOCDIF Centre, Osogbo, on March 8, 2022, that produced Dotun Babayemi, was null and void. He stressed that it was only the aspirant(s) that participated physically at the primary conducted by the PDP National Working Committee and not the one conducted by the party’s state executives that have power and locus standing to challenge such suit in court. In addition, the screenshot was altered, the tweet in the screenshot is not from the original Twitter handle of the APC Youth Stakeholders Forum. In another case, the Federal High Court, Abuja order the sack of Delta PDP governorship candidate in the 2023 general elections, the order was issued on July 7, 2022, by Justice Taiwo Taiwo. The order of the has been served on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), disqualifying Sheriff Oborevwori as the PDP governorship candidate in Delta State.
CONCLUSION: CDD fact-checkers can confirm that the claim that the PDP Candidate, Ademola Adeleke has been sacked is FALSE. The peddler’s intention is to sway voters in the Saturday, July 16, 2022, governorship election. Election periods are usually characterized by political and electoral disinformation, voters and residents of Osun state, should be careful what they believe and share. Don’t forget, if you must share that piece of information, do ensure you can independently verify it.
CLAIM: The Benue State SDP chairman John Enemari, has decamped with all its members in the 276 wards and 23 local govt areas to Labour Party. Benue State is now #OBIdients
A viral report on blogs, social and mainstream media claims that the State Working Committee of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Benue State has collapsed its structure and joined the Labour Party (LP).
On Wednesday, July 13, 2022, Peter Obi Grassroots Mobilization had tweeted via the handle, @PO_GrassRoots, “BREAKING: The Benue State SDP chairman John Enemari, has decamped with all its members in the 276 wards and 23 local govt areas to Labour Party. Benue State is now #OBIdients.”
There were also rumours that a factional Benue State chairman of the SDP, Enemari, issued a statement directing all party members across the 276 wards and 23 LGAs of Benue State to dissolve into the LP.
Enemeri blamed the crisis rocking the SDP at the national level and indifference of the national secretariat to the plight of members of the party in the state for his decision and urged members of the party at all levels to immediately move to the LP.
He said, “The crisis at the national level has destabilised everything about the SDP in all the states of the federation and it has created crisis and factions and we cannot continue to suffer for them particularly here in Benue SDP just like we suffered for the party in 2018/2019.”
He also maintained that, “No kobo was sent to us to work for the party; and by the party’s constitution, we were supposed to get not less than N75 million from the sale of forms in accordance with Section 72(2) but the people in Abuja sat on it.”
He added, “In a party if you don’t win elections, what do you do? Now they are in court, let them continue. Benue is not a revenue yielding state for them.”
According to him, the LP candidate is a young man that has done very well in his constituency.
Enemeri also said he had consulted with all other parties but that didn’t work, noting that “since we did not have a governorship candidate, we have decided to give our full support to Labour Party in Benue State.”
VERIFICATION: Our Partners during the investigation, ascertained that at the time of filing this report, the tweet had garnered 2,834 retweets and over 11,000 likes.
There also came across a statement by the Vice Chairman of SDP in Benue State, Emmanuel Ibyabya, dismissing the report of collapsing its structures for the Labour Party in the state as Enemeri claimed, describing the report as false and mischievous. The statement also stated that Enemeri was suspended and afterwards expelled from SDP on 8 July, 2022 on the grounds of disloyalty and unfaithfulness to the party. He stressed that the SDP remains united and committed to social justice. The State Working Committee as well as members of the party are fully behind the state chairman.”
Also, the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Shehu Gabam, said, “There is no truth in the merger story. Enemari was expelled from the party. He is no longer a member of SDP as we speak.”
CONCLUSION: From the foregoing, it is clear that Enemeri’s claim of an alliance between the SDP and LP in Benue stands truth on its head. Hence, the claim that SDP structure in Benue had collapsed into LP is contentious and controversial.
CLAIM: This image was taken from the PDP mega rally in Osogbo, Osun State on Thursday, July 14, 2022.
CONTEXT: On Thursday, July 14, 2022, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) held its mega rally in Osogbo, the Osun State Capital, ahead of the Osun Governorship elections scheduled for Saturday, July 16, 2022. The rally, which was transmitted live, saw a crowd of party faithful gathered. Fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a trending image which alleged to be taken at the mega rally. The image surfaced in several WhatsApp groups in the state.
VERIFICATION: CDD Fact checkers reviewed the claims to ascertain its authenticity. Using Google Reverse Image Search; findings revealed that the image, first surfaced online on July 10, 2022, and has been posted multiple times on Twitter and Facebook particularly.
Fact checks show that the image was taken from the 2022 Durbar festival in Ilorin, which was held on July 10, 2022. The Durbar festival in Ilorin is an annual event that takes place a day after Eid-Adha (Eid Il Kabir) at the Emir of Ilorin’s palace. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the festival has not been held for a few years, the 2022 event with notable indigenes of the Ilorin Emirate in attendance.
CDD fact-checkers can confirm that the trending Picture of the PDP Rally In Osun State is False.
CDD urges members of the public, especially residents and voters in Osun State to read beyond headlines or captions before sharing any news report. Sharing of old pictures and videos are common during elections. Before you share that story, do ensure you have independently verified it.
CLAIM: Kashim Shettima dines with Boko Haram terrorists
CONTEXT: A photo of the All Progressives Congress vice presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima allegedly eating with Boko Haram terrorists has been circulating online.
The picture shows the former governor of Borno State sitting and eating on a mat with five men whose appearance resembled that of Fulani herdsmen. VERIFICATION: Our partners at Daily Trust carried out an analysis of the photo using Google reverse image search which showed that it had been on the internet since November 2017. They also ascertained that the picture has generated several reactions purporting that Shettima was dining with Boko Haram terrorists who have ravaged the Northeastern part of Nigeria, killing thousands of citizens.
Also in circulation is a statement by an alleged former aide to the Senator, I. A Ningi, explaining that the image was shot when the governor had a meeting with some nomadic (Mbororo) Fulani parents in Borno.
Backing Shettima, the former Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district, Shehu Sani, said linking Shettima with Boko Haram was mischief.
“Those who are aggrieved over the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the ruling party have the constitutional right to express their objections.
“However, the remarks that trailed the ticket, including insinuations and allegations linking Shettima to the formation, growth and deadly destruction by the Boko Haram group is condemnable and mischievous,” Sani said in a statement.
Despite several reports and reactions, linking Shettima to the activities of Boko Haram while he was Borno State governor, none of the allegations has been proved.
Hence, there is no sufficient evidence to back the claim that the Senator was dining with alleged Boko Haram members as depicted in the viral photo.
Claim: Peter Obi Son was seen stepping on a Nigerian Flag
Context:A tweetcontaining a picture of a young man wearing a face mask and stepping on a Nigerian flag has gone viral. The photo is captioned “This is Peter Obi’s son, the IPOB in them is further confirmed in the clothes wear and marching on our green white green flag and the same father is campaigning to rule Nigeria?”
Verification: Our partners at Daily Trust, during investigation came across a tweet from Doyin Okupe, Director General of Peter Obi’s campaign organization stating that “This is not Peter Obi’s son. No amount of falsehood will dampen the current wave of support for Peter Obi. See what they’re sharing in the north to Scare people from Peter Obi.” debunking the viral claim.
Peter Obi’s media office also responded to the viral tweet saying that “Every day, the desperation of the opposition is becoming stronger. Their latest mischief is the circulation of a picture, most probably contrived, of a young man in Biafra apparel standing on Nigeria’s flag and passed it as Mr. Peter Obi’s son. We wish to state that the said young man is not Mr. Peter Obi’s son, who, by his strict upbringing marked by rigorous discipline, understands what civic duty and responsibilities entail.”
Why We Checked This: The forthcoming Nigerian general election of 2023 will be dominated by rumours, fake news and unsubstantiated reports. Many of these comments will be at improving or impairing the reputation of presidential candidates. Sadly, the divisions in our politics also extend along ethnic and religious fault lines that can lead to conflict and violence if left to fester. The claim is fact checked to remove bias like this from affecting the choice of the citizens at the poll in the general election.
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Biodun Oyebanji, has been declared the winner of Saturday’s Ekiti governorship election.
Declaring the winner, Prof. Oyebode Adebowale, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) returning officer, said Oyebanji polled a total of 187,057 votes to win the election.
He said Oyebanji had certified the requirement of the law and was, therefore, declared the winner.
“That I, Prof. Oyebode Adebowale, hereby certified that I am the returning officer of the Ekiti 2022 Governorship Election held on June 18.
“That Biodun Oyebanji, the candidate of APC, having satisfied the requirements of the law, is hereby declared the winner and returned,” Adebowale declared.
Here are fiv things to know about the governor-elect.
Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji, fondly called BAO, is a politician and member of the All Progressives Congress, who was born on December 21, 1967 in Ikogosi-Ekiti, Ekiti State. He is 54.
He earned a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) degree in Political Science from the Ondo State University (now Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti) in 1989 and continued his quest for honours at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State in 1992 where he bagged a Masters Degree (M.Sc) in Political Science (International Relations & Strategic Studies).
Oyebanji started his professional career as a lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Ado Ekiti, where he worked for four years (1993 –1997) and later proceeded to work as the manager, Treasury, and Financial Services at the defunct Omega Bank Plc (now Heritage Bank) till May 1999.
Until his decision to run as Governor of Ekiti, Oyebanji was the Secretary to the Ekiti State Government under incumbent Governor Kayode Fayemi.
He is married to Mrs Oyebanji, a princess in Ado Ekiti and associate professor at the University of Ibadan.
A viral post suggesting that a former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, his daughter and son contested and won Senate, governorship and House of representatives seats.
A version of the well circulated post reads: “✓Sule Lamido won for Senate. ✓His son won for Governor and ✓His daughter won for Rep. ✓All under PDP in Jigawa state. ✓If this is Tinubu, some people will visit UN headquarters to submit petition of threat to democracy,”
The post has generated several reactions from Nigerians.
Reacting to the post on his Facebook handle, one Engr. Hameed Olalekan wondered why people complained bitterly about Tinubu whose wife, Oluremi, is a senator.
“Lamido and Sons Nigeria Ltd,” another Facebook user, Hauwa Ahmadu, wrote.
A Twitter user, Kemi Biodun lamented saying, “Greedy fellows and tomorrow they will be complaining about Tinubu.”
One Qudus, @Qdpaper2, also tweeted that Lamido, his son and daughter contested and won PDP primaries.
He stated, “Sule Lamido is contesting for Senate, his son Mustapha Lamido is contesting for governor, his daughter is contesting for House of Representatives.
“All of them won their primaries. Family business! Change the name to Tinubu and see the reaction of online mob.”
Checks by Daily Trust has shown that neither Lamido nor his daughter contested any elective position in Jigawa State.
However, at the recently concluded primary of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, the governor’s son, Mustapha Lamido, won the PDP governorship ticket.
Mustapha defeated his challenger, Sale Shehu, a former junior Minister for Works, polling all the 829 votes cast.
Mustapha expressed joy at the victory.
“I most sincerely accept this nomination with humility, modesty and determination,” he said.
He also described the congress as historic.
“As we move to the next stage of campaign and elections, I ask you to trust me, work with me, campaign with me and vote for me so that we can make the state great again. And I count on you to come out massively to vote for PDP.
“I urge all of us to avoid politics of division and disunity. The interest of the state is far and above any personal or sectional interest.
“To our traditional rulers and elders, I have great respect for them and will consult them regularly on issues that will assist in moving the state forward. I pledge to campaign peacefully, but vigorously, I therefore as for your support and prayers,” he said.
The claim that former governor Sule Lamido, his daughter and and son contested and won the PDP tickets is misleading as only his son contested and won the PDP governorship ticket.
Nigeria is confronting a number of critical political and security challenges that are raising serious questions about its identity and survival as a democratic federal republic. First, there is a dramatic breakdown in security that has created a climate of disillusion in the state as a protector of citizens.
Secondly, there is a breakdown of social cohesion in Nigeria with stress lines emerging at the levels of the family, community and state.
Thirdly, there is a significant rise and expansion religious, fueled in part by disinformation and hate speech that circulates across traditional and social media. Fourthly, there is frustration about the country’s political and economic direction, with citizens believing the system is stymied by a reckless political class that is corrupt, self-serving and manipulative. Finally, Nigeria’s elite consensus on federalism and the federal character principle as a guarantee against group discrimination and marginalization is badly shaken.
INSECURITY IN NIGERIA
The state of insecurity in Nigeria has reached unprecedented levels. On a daily basis, well coordinated commando-like operations by gunmen are organized against rural communities where people are kidnapped for ransom, houses burnt, and property looted. Similar attacks are also conducted against the army and police. These attacks are now occurring in virtually all geopolitical zones in the country. According to Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state, there are no fewer than 30,000 gunmen spread across more than 100 camps in and around his state alone. These bandits collected N970 million as ransom from the families of their kidnap victims – over 1,100 – in the eight years between 2011 and 2019. During the same period, they killed 2,619 people.
A viral message is currently trending on social media purporting to be a crowdfunding platform popularly known as GoFundMe to assist the family of late Gospel singer Osinachi Nwachukwu.
The GoFundMe account is said to have realized about N32 million as at the time of the fact check.
The aim of the crowdfunding was said to be for the purpose of raising money for the welfare of late Osinachi’s children.
Daily Trust tried to verify the authenticity of the account and also to know if it was authorised by the family.
Subsequently, a statement made available to Daily Trust on behalf of the family by A. A. Paul, a lawyer, stated that the family did not authorise the crowd funding.
The family also called on Nigerians to discontinue donating to the account as it was not approved by the family.
Part of the statement reads: “We plead with the general public to please respect our privacy. We appreciate the public for their concern and love. All her children are being taken care of and we have not collected any 32 million from anybody nor are we stranded or begging the public in any form as regards to a certain GoFundMe account making rounds. Please everybody should be careful so that you don’t get scammed.
“The burial arrangement is in progress and we shall inform the general public once we have made full preparation. Please remember us in your prayers as we have seen how far the devil can go but in the name of Jesus we are victorious and the bible says that the steps of the righteous shines brighter and brighter unto a perfect day that is our assurance,”
Daily Trust reported the death of Osinachi Nwachukwu on April 8, 2022.
Few days after, there were revelations by family, friends and church members about the domestic abuse she had been allegedly subjected to by her husband
Subsequently, her husband Peter Nwachukwu, was arrested and later arraigned before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on a 23-count charge that bordered on culpable homicide.
He however, pleaded not guilty to all the allegations that were contained in the charge the Federal Government preferred against him.
Following Nwachukwu’s insistence of not being guilty, trial judge, Justice Njideka Nwosu-Iheme, in a short ruling, ordered his remand at the Kuje Correctional Centre, even as she adjourned the case till June 16 and 17 for trial.
The gospel musician came into fame with the hit gospel song, “Ekwueme”, which she paired with Prospa Ochimana.
Checks by CDD/Daily Trust has shown that the GoFundMe account currently soliciting funds for the late Osinachi’s children was not authorized by the family, as such it is FAKE
A viral report claimed that the primary that produced Biodun Oyebanji as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Ekiti Governorship election holding this Saturday, 18 June, has been nullified by an Abuja High Court.
The rumor which was spread on social media and published by several blogs reads: “Less than 72 hours to the conduct of Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday nullified the All Progressives Congress primaries that produced its candidate in the poll, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji.
“The court cited irregularities in the conduct of the primaries conducted to nominate Oyebanji.”
Daily Trust observed the two-paragraph report was reproduced across all platforms that published it.
Debunking the news, the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Segun Dupe, urged Ekiti people and party members to “disregard the rumour and discountenance it as the forlorn wish of some desperate politicians in the state, which cannot come to pass.”
He said, “The warped rumour is a demarketing gimmick of some desperate opposition who are unmindful of the fact that they are causing further damage to their zero chances at the poll, instead of enhancing it.
“…there were some cases filed by some disgruntled elements regarding the governorship primaries we organized in January this year, which saw to the emergence of Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji as the candidate of our party, but none has gone beyond the preliminary stage and all of them have been transferred back to Ekiti for hearing.
“No High Court is sitting on any matter regarding our primary in Abuja as at today. Furthermore, every matter relating to the primary has been adjourned till September this year. To the best of our knowledge, none is up for hearing at the moment.
“The only one perhaps is in the wildest imagination of our detractors, which cannot see the light of day. Our party remains focused on the coming election and sure of untainted victory at the end.”
The results of the primary announced by the Jigawa State Governor and Chairman of the Primary Election Committee, Mohammed Badaru, showed that Oyebanji, a former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), defeated other aspirants to emerge winner of the election which held in January.
He polled 101,703 votes, while his closest challengers; Ojo Kayode had 767, Opeyemi Bamidele had 760 and Dayo Adeyeye polled 691 votes.
Available facts have proven the purported nullification of the Ekiti State APC governorship primary to be false. Thus, the viral report is misleading.
A Facebook video was posted by one Umuchiukwu Writers with the caption “Igbos living in Lagos denied PVC registration by Federal Government. Only Biafra will save Biafrans.”
In the video, a voice was heard saying in Igbo that “We have not been allowed to register for PVC in Lagos and we have been here since 7am. INEC officials are only attending to those who speak in Yoruba and some Yoruba chiefs were present and allowing only Yorubas to register.”
It was obvious there was no queue nor did the video show any INEC official or Yoruba chiefs.
Daily Trust reached out to Umuchiukwu Writers to verify the authenticity of the video.
He said it was recorded “at Igbede and Ojo areas in the Ojo Local Government Areas of Lagos State on June 9, 2022.”
He however admitted that he was not present at the location.
“I received information from our Igbo brothers there,” he noted.
Meanwhile, in an interview with our correspondent, INEC National Electoral Commissioner for Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, denied that Igbo people were prevented from collecting PVCs.
He said, “The Commission and its officials will not engage in or tolerate any case of voter suppression. The commission has not received any official complaint of voter suppression other than the trending videos. Every Nigerian of registrable age living in any part of Nigeria is entitled to register.
“It’s a sovereign constitutional right. The CVR process has been on for 11 months. The present surge is a peculiar Nigerian 11th-hour syndrome. We have deployed additional IVED, fingerprint scanners, and Thermal Printers to states of acute pressure.
“We are monitoring the CVR process and will explore all options and do whatever is necessary to assist Nigerians register.”
Daily Trust can confirm that the video posted does not have enough evidence to the claim that INEC officials and some Yoruba chiefs prevented Igbos from registering for PVCs.
Claim: The Ekiti State Governor-elect, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji, has claimed that the All Progressives Congress did not engage in vote buying during the June 18, 2022 governorship election which held in the state. Oyebanji made the claim on Monday while briefing State House correspondents after he was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari by some party big-wigs led by the National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, following his victory in the Saturday poll.
He said that as far as he was concerned, his party did not buy votes, while adding that he did not witness the development in the polling unit where he voted in Ikogosi, Ekiti West LGA.
The governor-elect said he won the election based on the performance of the outgoing administration in which he played a prominent role.
In a bid to ascertain the veracity of the claim, Daily Trust looked at several reports by independent and non-partisan Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the media who observed the election.
While some of the reports revealed in details the parties involved in voter inducement along with their locations and amounts involved, some others generally agreed to the fact that there was vote-buying across party lines.
According to the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) who was on the ground to observe the election, its observers documented 41 instances of vote buying and selling at polling units in LGAs like Ado-Ekiti, Ijero, Ikole Irepodun/Ifelodun, Ise/Orun and Moba.
The statement noted that one of the observable patterns of vote buying was the collection of cash in brown envelopes, which was apparently meant to disguise the content of the envelopes in order to avoid arrest by the anti-corruption agencies.
Also, in a post-election statement issued by another independent observer group, Yiaga Africa, vote buying was reported by its observers in Alowodolu/Ojo – The Apostolic P.S Compound with PU code 13/09/04/00 in Ijero Ward D of Ijero LGA.
“Party agents from APC were reportedly sharing N7,000 to voters who showed how their ballot paper was marked. A similar report on vote-buying by APC was received from Open Space At Bamitale Along St. Mary’s Road in Ikere.
“Also, in Ogidi – in Ipoti Ward A, party agents from PDP and SDP were seen bribing voters. At C. A. C. Gramm. Sch. / Ola Oluwa II with PU code 014 in Ado-Ekiti, APC party agent was also reportedly giving N5,000 to voters who confirmed they had voted for the party,” it stated.
Based on evidence contained in reports groups that observed the governorship election, it is not true that the APC didn’t engage in vote buying as claimed by Oyebanji.
A Facebook user, @Lamentations of a Bishop, on Sunday posted a story alleging that the current Anambra State governor Mr. Charles Soludo, said that Mr. Peter Obi’s $20 million investment in Anambra is worth $100 million today.
Verification: While verifying this, Daily Trust went through the verified Facebook and Twitter handles of the governor to see if he made such claims but nothing was found.
Further checks by Daily Trust revealed that the governor had gone to the comment section of the post to debunk the claim.
On his verified Facebook page, @Charles Chukwuma Soludo, the Anambra governor’s reply reads: “Where did you read or hear me make such comments. This Fake News has been roundly debunked by my team. We can always carry on with the campaign for our preferred candidates without consciously misleading the reading public. The report is false and never emanated from me,” he said.
Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra state is the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the forth coming presidential election.
Mr. Obi is regarded as one of the successful businessmen in Nigeria with franchise spread across the country.
He is also the former governor of Anambra state.
Conclusion: Following the rebuttal by the Anambra state governor, Daily Trust affirms the claim to be FALSE.
This Fact Check is done in collaboration with the Center for Democracy and Development (CDD)
Electoral violence is one of Nigeria’s most significant threats to free, fair, and credible elections. The effects of violence during elections include low voter turnout, the emergence of an unpopular government and ultimately, the loss of lives and properties. In the 2021 governorship elections in Anambra, the state witnessed a spiraling of pre-election violence.
Therefore, under its Strengthening the Delivery of Peace and Security (SDPS) Project funded by the UK AID, the Centre for Democracy and Development implemented peace messaging in election contexts in English, Pidgin and Igbo on radio and television stations in Anambra State
But shortly after the news filtered in, another report emerged, claiming that the palace had debunked the news of his death.
Several platforms, including some mainstream media outlets (not Daily Trust), consequently reported the death of Alaafin as “rumoured” and “fake news,” relying on a statement issued by Bode Durojaiye, said to be the Media and Publicity Director of the monarch.
The statement read: “It has come to the notice of the Office of the Director of Media and Publicity to the Alaafin of Oyo about a fake report making the wave in the social media, by a disgruntled group of bloggers, about the imaginary death of His Imperial Majesty, IKu Baba Yeye, Oba (Dr.) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111, the Alaafin of Oyo.
“Members of the public are hereby urged to disregard the unfounded report, as the Paramount Ruler is hale and hearty.
”Precisely on Monday and Tuesday this week, Oba Adeyemi, accompanied by some of his wives (Ayabas), children, aides and well wishers was at the Durbar Stadium, Oyo, for physical fitness exercises as usual.
”He has neither fallen sick nor rushed to the hospital for any serious ailment, hence he and his family remain agile and active .
“The general public should not entertain any fear at all, as IKu Baba Yeye is healthy, physically fit and mentally stable.
Old statement quoted
However, checks by Daily Trust revealed that the purported statement was issued in December 2021 when it was rumored that Alaafin had died.
Hence, the alleged statement making the rounds did not emanate from the palace on Saturday. It was an old press release issued about four months ago.
This fact check was done in partnership with the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD).
In a video that has gone viral, a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, claimed that voters would need to revalidate their Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) in order to be able to vote in the 2023 general elections.
It is the second time in three months Tinubu will be making such a claim which elicited response from the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).
Tinubu made the recent claim while addressing supporters at a rally held to support his presidential ambition at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, Lagos, on Saturday, April 16, 2022.
Among those who graced the event include Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, APC National Youth Leader, Dayo Israel, and youth leaders across South-western states.
While urging those who have not registered to do so, the former Lagos State governor told his audience to go and revalidate their PVCs, saying the cards might have expired.
He said, “If you have no PVC, if you have no revalidation of that PVC, you don’t know whether it has expired. Don’t forget that there is expiry date even on your cashpoint so go and revalidate the card. Those of you who have not registered must go there. You can’t be part of 1.4 billion people on Instagram and have no card for God’s sake.”
The video which was posted by one of the major newspapers (not Daily Trust) on its verified Instagram handle had garnered 37,864 views and 1, 565 likes earlier on Monday.
Tinubu had while addressing a delegation of APC women who paid him a visit in Abuja few months ago alleged that PVCs currently in the possession of Nigerians had expired, prompting INEC to counter the claim.
The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, had while debunking the claim, said PVC is valid as long as it is not defaced, adding that double registration is an offence under the law.
“A PVC does not have an expiry date on it, therefore, it does not expire. As long as the security chip on it is not damaged, it remains valid. But if the chip is damaged, the holder can apply for a replacement,” Oyekanmi had said.
“Nigerians who already have their PVCs do not need to register again. In fact, double registration is an offence under our laws.
“Eligible Nigerians are entitled to register only once. Once a name appears in the national register of voters, it stays there permanently.
“One of the very few instances where a name could be removed from the register is if strong and verifiable proof that the person bearing the name has died,” he added.
Tinubu afterwards tendered an apology in a statement by his Media Aide, Tunde Rahman.
In a message obtained from the INEC website, the Chairman of the Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, said registered voters could renew their PVCs in the Continuous Voter’s Registration (CVR) exercise if their cards were missing or defaced.
A defaced card means that either the information printed on the cards has washed off or the security chip on it is damaged.
Also, unlike the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards which have expiry dates printed on them, a look at both the front and the back of a PVC shows that it does not have an expiry date.
CONCLUSION: The claim by Tinubu that PVCs have an expiry date is false and should be disregarded.
This fact check was done in partnership with the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)
CLAIM: A video is currently circulating on social media especially WhatsApp, insinuating that northern governors of the All Progressives Congress visited the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday after APC presidential primary at Eagle Square.
The APC national leader and former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, emerged as the party’s presidential candidate at the end of the exercise.
VERIFICATION: Checks by Daily Trust revealed that the video was first taken in January this year during a condolence visit.
Using Invid, a video verification tool, Daily Trust established that the video first surfaced on the Internet on January 22, 2022, when Atiku paid a condolence visit to the family of Dahiru Mangal, a business magnate in Katsina who lost his 85-year-old mother.
The late Hajiya Murja Bara’u was the mother of Alhaji Dahiru Mangal who is the Chairman of Afdin Group, the owners of Max Air, Afdin Petroleum, Afdin Construction, among others.
Also, Daily Trust traced a tweet by the former vice president on his Twitter handle @atiku where he confirmed the condolence visit on the same day.
The tweet read, “Earlier today (January 22), I paid a condolence visit to Alhaji Dahiru Mangal in Katsina over the loss of his beloved mother and matriarch of their family, Hajiya Murja Bara’u. I pray that Almighty Allah will comfort the family and grant her Aljannah Firdaus in Paradise.”
CONCLUSION: The video currently in circulation is an old video from a condolence visit by Atiku and some northern APC governors to the family of Alhaji Dahiru Mangal and the video is being recycled. As such, the claim in the video that northern governors met with Atiku after Tinubu’s victory at the APC primary is false and misleading.
CLAIM: Many online websites posted a story, suggesting that the federal government has concessioned the entire operations of Nigeria Customs Service operations to a Chinese and Nigerian firm for the next 20 years.
VERIFICATION: Checks by Daily Trust revealed that the federal government, through a public private partnership only concessioned the customs operational portal as part of government’s drive to boost revenue.
Also, the operations of the Nigeria Customs Service cannot be concessioned as it is a security outfit of the federal government.
Daily Trust findings also showed that the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) which midwifed the Nigerian Customs Modernisation Project, a public private partnership (PPP) will generate over $176 billion to the federal accounts in 20 years.
The Acting Director-General of ICRC, Michael Ohiani, disclosed this at the signing ceremony of the concession.
The concession agreement was between the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and Trade Modernisation Project Limited, with Huawei Technologies as the Technical Partner and Africa Finance Corporation as the lead financiers, all under the regulatory supervision of the ICRC.
According to the D-G, ICRC, the project, which is a presidential initiative on customs modernization, will attract an investment of over $3.2 billion.
“Having gone through all the PPP processes satisfactorily and obtained ICRC’s Full Business Case Compliance (FBC), the approval of the Federal Executive Council and the final vetting of the concession agreement by the Honourable Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, the parties are today, ready to execute the agreement and commence implementation of the project,” he said.
On his part, Daily Trust reported that the Comptroller General of the NCS, retired Col. Hameed Ali, had allayed fears that the implementation of a modernized and computerized service will lead to job losses, stressing, however, that the NSC would rather require an additional 15,000 staff for optimal operation.
“There are rumours that this project is going to weed off officers, let me allay those fears: we are even in need of officers. We have only about 15,000 and by the mission of management we need nothing less than 30,000 to effectively carry out the mandate,” he said.
The CG also hinted that the project was going to quadruple the monthly revenue of the service.
“As of today, we are making a collection of over N210 billion to N225 billion per month. It is our hope that by the time we put trade modernization in place, we would triple this figure if not quadruple it,” he added.
CONCLUSION: Checks by Daily Trust found the post to be misleading as only the portal of the Customs Service has been concessioned and not the entire operations of the agency.