IN SHORT: Nigeria’s presidential election was a close race, but claims on social media that the wrong candidate was declared president-elect are not supported by evidence.
The Independent National Electoral Commission or Inec is the electoral body responsible for conducting elections in Nigeria.
But a post shared on Facebook claims that the election result displayed on the “IReV Portal” shows Peter Obi, the Labour Party candidate, as the winner of the 25 February presidential election, contradicting Inec's declaration.
The Inec Result Viewing Portal (Irev) is a platform created by the electoral body for the transparent transmission of election results.
The post reads: “BREAKING NEWS: Results Obtained from IReV Portal shows that Peter Obi is the winner of the 2023 presidential election.”
It goes on to list the result it claimed to have obtained from Inec's website: "LP: 19 states + FCT, PDP: 8 states, APC: 7 states, NNPP: 2 states."
But is it true? We checked.
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The chair of Inec, Mahmood Yakubu, declared Tinubu the winner of the February presidential election, having won 25% of the total votes cast across the country.
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