IN SHORT: Nigeria’s Labour Party leader Peter Obi hasn’t accepted the 25 February 2023 presidential election and congratulated president elect Bola Tinubu. Social media posts are based on an unrelated news article about Madu Obi and set out to mislead.
The post reads, in part: “Obi said: I congratulate our President-elect for his victory at the polls. However, the focus for him is to develop the youths and I am sure sports are one of the avenues to do that.”
Facebook users could be reasonably expected to think that the Obi in question was Peter Obi of the Labour Party who contested the 25 February presidential election against Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and others.
‘Fake news’ says Obi’s spokesperson
If Obi had conceded, it would have been widely reported in the media. We found no such coverage.
We checked Obi’s verified Twitter account and found no evidence of such a congratulatory message to Tinubu.
The message was “fake news”, Yinusa Tanko, the spokesperson of the Labour Party, told Africa Check.
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