2023 Elections: EU observers list Keyamo, Fani-Kayode as purveyors of fake news


THE European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Nigeria, has listed two prominent Nigerians, Festus Keyamo and Femi Fani Kayode (FFK), as purveyors of misleading content in the federal and state elections held in Nigeria on February 25 and March 18, 2023 respectively.

This was contained in its final report on the poll released recently.

According to the report, the EU EOM social media team came across a substantial number of false news captured during the monitoring process.

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It added that there was an increased incidence of misleading information in the days leading up to and during Nigeria’s 2023 election.

The report noted that in many cases, false reports were spread by well-known personalities associated with political parties.

According to the report, Festus Keyamo, a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC), on February 12, promoted information published by a suspicious website accusing Peter Obi of bribery. It added that the story quickly went viral though it was later debunked.

On his part, Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation and member of the APC also made a claim on February 11, 2023 stating that Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, had a secret meeting with serving military generals in Abuja.

He accused Atiku of wanting to incite chaos, provoke a coup d’etat and establish a new and unconstitutional order via his social media posts.

“The claim was posted across multiple social media platforms and it generated 281.2k impressions,” the report stated.

However, the report gave priority recommendations for electoral processes to uphold regional and international commitment.

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