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CLAIM: A manifesto belonging to the Bola Ahmed Tinubu, presidential nominee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming general elections, has resurfaced on social media.

Source: Head Topics

VERDICT: False

CONTEXT: Media Aide to the PDP presidential nominee, Atiku Abubakar, Demola Olarewaju, had publicized the controversial document on September 21, 2022, via his handle, @DemolaRewaju. The post reads:

“Just got Tinubu’s manifesto, making him the second major candidate to release a document of his plans for Nigeria.”

“Skimmed through and noticed two other names as the author of the document, Femi Pedro and Babatunde Ogala…very strange. Won’t be sharing though, I’m biased, yes.”

VERIFICATION: Preliminary findings by our partners at Daily Trust revealed that the 29-page document titled, “My Vision for Nigeria”, was first circulated in June.

Bayo Onanuga, Director of Media and Communication for the Tinubu Campaign Organisation, stated [AA3]  that what was being peddled online, mostly via WhatsApp and Facebook, was not the manifesto of the APC presidential candidate. He stated that the document was a mere draft of suggestions on probable programmes Tinubu could implement if elected in February 2023. Also, he stated that the committee constituted to prepare the manifesto has not unveiled it to the public.

One of the signatories to the alleged manifesto, Ogala, also confirmed that the viral document was just a compilation of suggested ideas packaged by friends. He said,

“It is not Tinubu’s manifesto but personal input by a group of friends. How it found its way into the media is what I don’t know. It becomes a manifesto when it is eventually put together and doesn’t carry anybody’s name but the candidate’s imprint.”

CONCLUSION: Daily Trust can confirm that the purported manifesto being touted as that of the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, is false. Several stakeholders at different times in the past had asserted that the document was only a draft and had not been endorsed by Tinubu.

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