- Videos circulating on Facebook claim that Abdullahi Adamu, the immediate past national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), resigned due to developments at the presidential tribunal hearings
- The posters claim the court has nullified the election of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the 16th president of Nigeria
- A new fact-check report has revealed that the court has not issued a final verdict on the disputed Nigerian presidential election, and Adamu's resignation is unrelated
FCT, Abuja - A video posted on the popular social media platform, Facebook, claims that Abdullahi Adamu’s resignation as the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is linked to the litigations on the 2023 presidential election.
According to the video, which first appeared online on Monday, July 17 in July 2023, Adamu stepped down after he realised that the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) had nullified the election of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the Nigerian leader failed to secure 25% of the votes cast in the federal capital territory (FCT), Abuja.
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Speaking in Pidgin, a man said Adamu stepped down to dissociate himself from “Tinubu’s atrocities”, including “intimidating and bribing the judges who are set to nullify his election”.
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A different video which made a similar claim about Adamu resigning due to the presidential tribunal hearings was published.
Its caption, written in Pidgin, translates to:
“Finally, the court has concluded to remove Tinubu. APC chairman quickly resigned.”
But a fact-checking platform, Africa Check, checked if the election petition court truly nullified Tinubu’s election, allegedly causing Adamu’s resignation. The report was published on Wednesday, August 2, 2023.
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After its scrutiny, Africa Check found that one, it is false to claim that Tinubu’s win has been nullified, then two, there is no evidence to support the claim that Adamu’s resignation was tied to developments at the election tribunal.
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