CDD Fact Check: How valid is the claim that APC has 14 Governors Inaugurated on 29 May 2019 and PDP 15?

VERDICT: TRUE

THE CLAIM: A claim has been spotted circulating on social media, including WhatsApp that the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), which is the main opposition party in Nigeria had 15 governors inaugurated on May 29, 2019 and the ruling party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) had 14.

THE FACTS: On May 29, 2019, (former democracy day) now referred to as Inauguration day is set aside for the swearing-in of elected officials in the Executive Arm of government. 29 state governors and deputy governors took oath of office to govern their states for the next four years. CDD Fact Checkers reviewed the website of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and found un-updated list (https://www.inecnigeria.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/2019-GENERAL-ELECTIONS-LIST-OF-GOVERNORS-ELECT-AND-DEPUTIES.pdf) of elected governors and deputies in the 2019 general elections. Fact checkers also reviewed media reports and internal CDD observers’ reports, following the conclusion of supplementary elections and the Supreme Court Judgement of Zamfara state APC primary election.

Aftermath these reviews; the APC had sworn-in governors in 14 states (Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Plateau and Yobe). The PDP has 15 states (Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Oyo, Rivers, Taraba and Zamfara) where their elected governors took oath of office.

Conclusion: The claim that APC has 14 and PDP has 15 governors sworn-in on May 29, 2019 is TRUE.