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No, opposition leader Peter Obi did not say he would be Nigeria's president in 2027

IN SHORT: A statement deferring his presidential ambitions would suggest that Nigerian opposition leader Peter Obi had lost faith in the case he's been making to an election tribunal. But he has denied ever saying this.

A post published on Facebook quotes Peter Obi, a presidential candidate in Nigeria’s 2023 general election, saying he would be the country’s leader in 2027.

According to the 10 July 2023 post, Obi said: “I will be president of Nigeria in 2027.”

The claim has also been posted on other Facebook pages such as here, here, here, here, here and here.

Obi, a former governor of Nigeria's south-eastern state of Anambra, was the Labour Party's presidential candidate in the 25 February 2023 vote.

Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress won the election, with Obi coming in third. While Tinubu has since been sworn in, Obi and another opposition party have challenged the result at an election tribunal.

A statement deferring his presidential ambition until 2027 would suggest that Obi has lost faith in the case he's making to the tribunal.


Obi: Manipulation of media space now a trade

The posts do not include details of where or when Obi is meant to have made the comments. We also could not find any reporting of it in the mainstream media.

And in a statement posted on his verified Twitter account, Obi described the comments attributed to him as “bogus”.

“I have noticed with dismay, an emerging pattern where fake media reports and news items are predicated on interviews and press remarks I never granted,” he said.  

“Regrettably, our politics have sunken to this abysmal level where manipulation of the media space is now a trade.

“For me, I shall continue to speak on topical national issues via recognized news and media outfits. But I certainly will not concern myself with cheap distractive trolls."

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