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.
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 group is led by Nyesom Wike, the Rivers state governor. The message is supposedly “signed” by him.
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.
But did the G5 really make these 10 demands in return for their support of Tinubu’s presidential ambition? We checked.
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.
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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