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No evidence chairperson of Nigeria's ruling APC party said president Tinubu is guaranteed a second term

IN SHORT: President Bola Tinubu's victory in the February 2023 election was disputed and challenged in court. But there's no evidence that his party leader, Abdullahi Ganduje, said Tinubu would win another term regardless of his performance.

A post shared on Facebook claims that the chairperson of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) said president Bola Tinubu will win a second term regardless of his performance in office.


It reads: “Tinubu does not need Nigerians vote to win 2nd term, whether he perform well or not he must win 2nd term - Ganduje.”

Abdullahi Ganduje is the former governor of Kano state in northern Nigeria and chairperson of the APC, the same party as Tinubu. 

Tinubu was sworn in as Nigeria’s president in May 2023.

But did the APC chairperson make this controversial statement? We checked.

No evidence Ganduje made the comment

The Facebook post didn’t mention when and where the APC chairperson made the statement. This is often a sign that a claim is false.

A search of Ganduje’s Twitter (now X) handle found no evidence of the statement.

There’s also no evidence of the statement attributed to him on the party’s social media handle.

Given president Tinubu's controversial victory in the February 2023 elections, it would have been reported in the local media if the chairperson had made such a statement. Circulating such claims also has the potential to deter people from exercising their right to vote.


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