FACT CHECK: Has Segun Oni, Candidate of the SDP in Ekiti Election, Stepped Down?

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Verdict: False

Claim:

On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, stories began to trend, following the visit of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu to Ekiti state, that Engr Segun Oni, candidate of the Social Democracy party (SDP) has stepped down for the candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) in the Saturday June 18, 2022, gubernatorial election. This claim was also made by a Facebook user, Buharist Reporters, who attributed a comment to the governorship candidate, which reads “After an intensive and extensive talk to my leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and my followers across the 16 local governments of the state and also Considering the good Job my Brother Dr. Fayemi has done to the state, I agree to step down for Biodun Oyebanji to continue from where JKF stopped. This is not an easy decision to take but for the progress, development, peace and stability of the state, I hereby Stepped down. – Engr. Segun Oni addressing reporters.”

Verification:

CDD fact checkers have reviewed several online and offline commentaries and reports, including of “Buharist Reporters.” And contacted some leaders and followers of the candidate of the SDP, Engr Segun Oni to ascertain the claim. Fact checkers contacted Mr Rotimi Ogunlade, a loyalist of party and candidate of the House of Assembly in the 2023 general elections. Mr Rotimi Ogunlade denied the claim, calling it fake, baseless and lies from the pit of hell. In his words, “How could a leading candidate in an Election step down? That’s not possible. We are making reparations towards our mega rally coming up on Thursday June 16th, 2022.

CDD can also reliably confirm that the party has scheduled its mega rally for Thursday, June 16, 2022, at the State Pavilion in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state. Mega rallies are usually the climax of political rallies for political parties. The APC mega rally was held on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, where the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu represented, President Mohammadu Buhari.

Conclusion:

CDD can authoritatively confirm that Engr Segun Oni, governorship of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has not stepped down from the race. Peddlers of fake news deliberately aimed to misinform and disinform the public. The public is advised to ignore the claim as it is false. In addition, voters, and residents of Ekiti state are encouraged to join the campaign to stop fake news in the election and beyond. If you cannot independently verify any news story, don’t share it.

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