On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a story published by a Facebook page of an online Hausa newspaper, Sahara Reporters Hausa, claiming that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has decamped from the ruling party.
The story added that Tinubu left the APC because he was privy to information that some Northern governors were planning to expel him from the party for sponsoring the #EndSARS protest across Nigeria.
According to the report, Tinubu noticed the plot by some leaders of the party and governors was aimed at preventing him from getting the party’s presidential ticket for the 2023 elections. Tinubu is yet to announce the party he is joining at the moment, the story added.
At the time of writing this fact check, the story on Sahara Report Hausa has been shared 1,300 times, generated 570 comments as well as 335 likes.
Investigations by fact-checkers at the CDD on the report that Tinubu had decamped for the APC show that the claim is false.
Speaking to a CDD fact-checker, Tunde Rahman, the spokesperson to the national leader of the APC said his principal is still a member of the ruling party.
Describing the claim as fake news, Rahman said: “why will he leave the party he helped to build? He is still in the party and has no plans to leave it”.
“It is fake news, disregard it, Bola Tinubu is still in the party”.
Also, reacting to the news of Tinubu’s defection from the APC, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary for the party, Yekini Nabena, told CDD fact-checkers the party is not aware its national leader has decamped.
Nabena said: “As far as I’m concerned, we are not aware at the party headquarters that he has left the party”
The claim that APC national leader, Bola Tinubu has decamped from the APC is false!
CDD confirms that as at the time of writing this report Tinubu is still a member of the APC.
CDD urges the public to disregard the story and always verify stories before sharing them.
CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity stories before sharing them. You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica
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