A trending video surfaced online, particularly on Twitter and WhatsApp, where Senator Ahmed Lawan, the president of the Nigeria Senate was seen making an announcement that he was leaving the APC for PDP. The video rider claim reads: “the senate president after losing his presidential bid, met stiff resistance from another candidate of APC who won the same constituency the Senate president is representing, as the candidate refused to give him back the ticket”.
Checks by CDD fact-checkers revealed that the viral video began trending on June 17th, 2022, on Twitter and WhatsApp platforms with the claim of Ahmed Lawan’s defection. Verification on Invid revealed that the video shared on social media was doctored and cut from an announcement made by Ahmed Lawan on the defection by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, the Senate Majority Leader on June 14, 2022.
In the letter read during plenary, the Senate President said on behalf of Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, “It is with deep sense of responsibility that I write to inform your Excellency and indeed my entire colleagues in the senate of my decision to defect from my political party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP”. The Senate President had vied for the Office of the President but lost out after the party presidential primaries at Eagle Square in Abuja to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate and since then, there has been no official announcement of his defection.
CDD can confirm that the claim is false because the video was edited to disinform the public, while it is true, that the Senate President contested and lost his bid to vie for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Ahmad Lawan has not dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) contrary to reports on social media.