IN SHORT: Politicians in Nigeria might still be scrambling to win votes ahead of the 11 March elections for governor, but there’s no evidence the governor of Lagos state is holding special dinners for “Igbo captains of industry” to curry favour.
What looks like an invitation from Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to “a dinner” and “one-on-one interaction” has been shared on Facebook and WhatsApp in Nigeria. It is addressed to “Igbo captains of industry”.
One of the Facebook posts reads: “With the growing fear he could lose his Governorship seat to LP's GRV, Gov. Sanwo-Olu is set to meet with Igbo captains of Industry in Lagos”.
Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, or GRV, is the Labour Party candidate for governor of Lagos in the 11 March 2023 elections.
In Nigeria’s 25 February presidential elections, Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) lost Lagos state, his historical stronghold, to Peter Obi, the Labour Party candidate.
The post suggests Sanwo-Olu, who is from the same party as Tinubu, could lose to the candidate of the Labour Party on 11 March. The dinner would be to curry favour with Igbo people in the state.
But is the invite legit? We checked.
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We also checked the verified Twitter handle of the governor and didn’t find any evidence of the invitation or such a dinner.
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