On Friday, December 4, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a claim by Labarai24 and ArewaBlog that the Kano State Chairman for the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Abbas, has been sacked by the party.
The online blogs reported that Abbas was sacked as chairman of the party in Kano State.
As at the time of writing this fact check – at 2 pm on Sunday, December 6, 2020, – CDD’s investigation shows that the party has not handed a sack letter to Abbas.
It was also gathered that no information was or statement was released by the party in that regard.
Speaking to fact-checkers at the CDD, the spokesperson for APC in the state, Mustapha Karaye, described the claim as false.
Karaye said, Abbas is still the Chairman of the APC in Kano State.
He said: “Hon. Abdullahi Abbas remains the APC chairman in Kano, none of the party’s exco wrote or informed the party about the chair’s sacking.”
“We heard over the radio that the chairman has been sacked, but I am the party’s spokesperson and I don’t have this information from the party, now how could this be true? This is absolutely a lie and we have no idea where this false news emerged from”
“I am assuring you this is fake news as nobody officially informed or wrote to the party about sacking the chair,”Karaye added.
The report that the Chairman of the Kano State chapter of the APC, Abdullahi Abbas has been sacked by the party is false.
As of Sunday, December 6, Abbas is still the Chairman of the party in the State. The spokesperson of the party in Kano State confirmed he (Abbas) has not received a letter in that regard.
CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.
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