IN SHORT: As the Labour Party's presidential candidate Peter Obi challenges the result of Nigeria’s February 2023 election, online claims have been made that he has received support from an influential politician. A quote is being taken out of context.
The post reads: “Labour Party (LP) Presidential Candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, won the February 25, 2023 election, Rivers State Governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike, has said in a trending video. Wike said in the 42 seconds video clip: ‘The winner of this election, whether you like am or you no like-am, is Obi. The winner of this election is Obi.’”
But did Wike say that Obi won the presidential election?
Quoted out of context
An online search led us to a video posted on 11 March of Wike addressing a town hall with traders in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers state.
Wike said in pidgin: “For me for this election wey we do Obi as far as I am concern na him be my hero. If Obi didn’t run this election, power for go back to the North.”
This translates to: “In this recent election, Obi is my hero, as far as I’m concerned. If he didn’t contest, power would have gone back to the north.”
In Nigeria, power has tended to rotate between the north and the south.
Wike didn't claim that Obi had won the election, only that he was his hero for splitting the vote and preventing power from returning to the North.
The Facebook posts have quoted him out of context.
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