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Nigeria’s G5 opposition governors list demands for support of governing party’s presidential candidate? Zero evidence for claim

IN SHORT: Who five breakaway governors from Nigeria’s main opposition party support in the February 2023 presidential election will be closely watched. A claim on social media that they have given their conditions isn’t backed by evidence.

A message circulating on Facebook lists 10 demands a group of five opposition governors have supposedly made if they are to support the ruling party’s candidate for the presidency of Nigeria. 

Bola Tinubu is running to replace current president Muhammadu Buhari under the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket.

Nigeria’s elections are set to kick off on 25 February 2023.

“BREAKING NEWS: G5 GOVS GAVE TINUBU 10 CONDITIONS TO JOIN HIM,” the message begins.

The G5 are five opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) state governors who banded together after a fallout in the party. The APC took power from the PDP in 2015.

The group is led by Nyesom Wike, the Rivers state governor. The message is supposedly “signed” by him.

The other four are Oyo state governor Seyi Makinde, Samuel Ortom of Benue state, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu.  

Some of the 10 demands appear to be trivial – not what would be expected of prominent leaders. One is that Tinubu names his classmates and teachers in primary school. 

This suggests the message is some kind of joke. But users’ responses suggest they believe the G5 really have made these demands.

This could be because the demands are based on contentious talking points about Tinubu, including his age and health, where he attended school and his encounters with the law in the US.

The message can also be seen here, here and here on Facebook.

But did the G5 really make these 10 demands in return for their support of Tinubu’s presidential ambition? We checked.

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No evidence, no news, no announcement

The message doesn’t provide the source of the 10 conditions, or say when they were published. This lack of detail is often a red flag.

If the five prominent governors had suggested they would support any of the four frontrunning candidates in the presidential race, it would have made national news in Nigeria. But there have been no media reports about it.

A search of Wike’s official Twitter account and other social media pages returned no evidence that the G5 has issued the list of conditions. 

Wike is expected to announce his preferred candidate some time in January. But no announcement had been made at the time of writing.

The G5 are yet to openly declare their support for any candidate, or publicly share conditions for their support.

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