IN SHORT: Posts on social media claim that just weeks before the presidential election, Peter Obi has sensationally ditched his running mate for a prominent activist. But this is false.
“BREAKING Peter Obi Announces Aisha Yesufu As Vice Presidential Candidate,” reads a message posted on Facebook.
In June 2022 Festus Okoye, the voter education commissioner at the Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec), explained in an interview the conditions required for the replacement of a candidate.
The commission is responsible for the conduct of elections in Nigeria.
The candidate must write to Inec, including an affidavit stating their intention to withdraw from the election, within the time frame given by the law.
The nomination portal for candidates shut down on 17 June 2022, after which no candidate was allowed to access it.
But did Obi announce Yesufu as his new running mate? We checked.
There are no reports in any local news organisation about presidential candidate Obi announcing a different running mate.
Such a controversial claim a few days to the presidential election would have made headlines if it were true.
We asked Ndi Kato, the Labour Party’s presidential campaign spokesperson, about the claim. “It is completely false,” she said.
“Mainstream media and social media plus Inec have information on who Peter Obi’s running mate is. He was side by side with him in Sokoto yesterday.”
Obi, Datti and other party members held a rally in Sokoto state in northern Nigeria on 1 February.
And Datti’s name is still listed on Inec’s website as Obi’s running mate in the 25 February polls.
Claims that Obi has replaced his running mate Baba-Ahmed with Aisha Yesufu are false.
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