IN SHORT: There is no evidence that Ifeanyi Okowa called Obidients, supporters of Nigeria’s Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi, “a bunch of jobless hungry souls”. The viral quote is just more disinformation in the run-up to the country’s 2023 elections.
But did Okowa really say it? We checked.
Disinformation harms voters’ choices
None of the Facebook posts provide details on where or when Okawa made the statement. This lack of detail is a common red flag to false information.
And the quote couldn’t be found anywhere on Okowa’s verified Twitter account. It also hasn’t been reported by any credible news outlet.
Campaigning for the 2023 elections officially kicked off on 28 November.
Since then – and even before – there’s been an increasing number of false claims about candidates and parties. These may distort political debate, and so reduce voters’ ability to make informed choices
For more information, see our guide to Nigeria’s pivotal 2023 general elections.
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