IN SHORT: A message circulating on Facebook claims that the governorship election in Nigeria's Imo state was not held because of agitation for the restoration of the state of Biafra in south-eastern Nigeria. This is false.
A message posted on Facebook congratulates “Biafrans” for stopping the governorship election in Imo state in southeastern Nigeria and “delegitimising” the Nigerian government.
The post reads: “Congratulations once again to all the Biafrans people in IMO State BIAFRA Land for successfully delegitimisation of Nigeria in Imo State BIAFRA Land today. Congratulations for stopping elections in Imo State BIAFRA Land. Thank you guys for sitting at home. Thank you guys for choosing #BIAFRA freedom. Congratulations once again, all hail BIAFRA.”
But did the pro-Biafra agitation stop the election of the governor of Imo State in November 2023?
The election was held on 11 November
As part of the Nigerian Fact-checkers Coalition, Africa Check monitored the 11 November elections, tracking claims and reports from the three states. We found no credible report of separatists stopping the election in Imo.
Days before the election, a pro-Biafra group, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (Massob), denied allegations that it was planning to disrupt the election in Imo.
Massob leader Uchenna Madu said in a statement that the group had received intelligence that some impostors threatened to disrupt the governorship election in the name of the group.
“Nobody can stop the Imo State Governorship Election on November 11, 2023,” read the Massob statement.
Inec’s results portal shows that results from 95.75% of the polling units in Imo were uploaded. This is 4,556 out of 4758 polling units in 27 local government areas of the state.
Opposition parties claimed the election results were rigged in favour of the incumbent. However, none of them claimed that the election did not take place in the state.
The claim that Biafran separatists stopped the governorship election in Imo state is false.
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