Claim: President Muhammadu Buhari did not endorse the APC Presidential Candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, at the party’s rally in Yola, Adamawa State.
Verdict: FALSE. Our findings show the video shared with the claim was cut out to suit the narrative.
The APC Presidential campaign was flagged off in Yola, Adamawa State, on Monday, January 9, 2023. And for the first time since the commencement of the APC Presidential Campaign in Jos last year, President Muhammadu Buhari was in attendance.
A few hours after the campaign, a Twitter handle, NKEM #PeterObi2023 (@Nkemchor), tweeted that President Muhammadu Buhari did not endorse the candidacy of Bola Tinubu, his party’s Presidential flag-bearer.
The handle made the post referring to a one-minute, two seconds video of the event credited to another Twitter handle, @MuchTalksBlog1, operated by Chinaza #PeterObi-HypeMan.
As of Wednesday, January 11, 2023, the tweet had over 82,000 views and was retweeted 1,298 times.
Before the Yola campaign, there had been insinuations in some quarters that President Buhari avoided campaigning for the APC Presidential Candidate due to some alleged reservations, hence his frequent international engagements that coincided with campaigns.
Due to the issue’s sensitivity in this electioneering period and the engagement the tweet has attracted, DUBAWA decided to verify the claim.
A keyword search revealed that President Buhari did endorse Tinubu at the Yola rally. A one hour, 23 minutes YouTube video of the APC presidential rally in Yola uploaded by the TVC and shorter versions by Channels Television and TV360 also reported President Buhari speaking in favour of Tinubu and canvassing for him and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.
In addition, on President Muhammadu Buhari’s verified Twitter handle, he announced the APC Presidential flag-bearer, alongside his running mate, as someone who can be trusted.
Our search did not lead to any report from any known credible news platform in agreement with the claim.
While watching and listening to the more extended version of the APC Presidential Campaign in Adamawa, we observed that the video shared by Nkemchor_ captured only an aspect of what President Buhari said. The creator of the video cut that part of the video to suit his agenda.
In the one hour twenty-three minutes live coverage video posted on YouTube by TVC, President Buhari was heard saying that he was in Adamawa mainly to present the APC Presidential flag-bearer, Bola Tinubu, (he did this by raising the candidate’s hand) and the State Governorship Candidate, Aishatu Binani. He thereafter presented the party’s flag to both candidates. Then, he urged the people to vote for APC, mentioning the areas of interest of the party. Afterwards, he advised people on the kind of candidates they should vote for.
The advice on the kind of candidates to vote for was used in the video shared by the Twitter handle.
President Buhari also spoke in the Hausa language. His speech in Hausa, translated by a native speaker of the language, revealed that the President urged the people to vote for Tinubu as he would deliver on the party’s mandate. The President also canvassed for votes for Aishatu Binani, the APC Governorship Candidate in Adamawa State.
The claim that President Buhari did not endorse Tinubu is false, as our findings confirm Buhari’s endorsement of Bola Tinubu’s candidacy.
”The researcher produced this fact-check per the DUBAWA 2023 Kwame KariKari Fellowship partnership with Harmony FM to facilitate the ethos of “truth” in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country.”