Tinubu is the presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress in Nigeria’s 2023 general elections.
The 15 July 2022 post reads: “I am not feeling fine, I will not be at the CNN presidential debate - Tinubu rejects CNN presidential debate.”
But did Bola Tinubu make this comment? We checked.
No evidence of statement
The Facebook post gives no details of when and where Tinubu is alleged to have made the statement.
A search through Tinubu’s verified Twitter handle and his website returned no evidence of the statement.
Also, there were no reports of this statement in credible local and international news media, which would have been the case if it were true.
CNN hasn’t hosted election debates since starting in Nigeria in 2016
CNN launched a multi-platform operation in Lagos, Nigeria in 2016, but had not yet held a presidential debate for Nigerian presidential candidates at time of writing.
Also, election debates are held within the official campaign window as stipulated by the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission. Political campaigns for presidential and national assembly elections will officially start on 28 September 2022 and end on 23 February 2023.
A Nigerian presidential debate being hosted by CNN would have been widely reported by local and international media if it were true.
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