2023: How true is the claim that Sule Lamido, son and daughter won PDP primaries in Jigawa?By Nurudeen Akewushola on June 3, 2022
MULTIPLE posts on social media have claimed that a former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, alongside his son and daughter have contested and won the Senatorial, Governorship, and House of Representatives seats respectively under the political platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
A Twitter user, Ntufam, with the username @syke_ronald had tweeted the claim with a caption:
“Things are happening in the political space. Sule Lamido is contesting for Senate. His son Mustapha Lamido is contesting for governor. His daughter is running for house representatives. They all won their primaries.”
The tweet has garnered more than 1,500 retweets and over 3,000 likes as of May 30, 2022.
Similarly, a Facebook user, Alhaji Prince, had earlier posted the same claim on May 26, 2022 with the caption thus: “Lamido and Sons. Family affairs. Former Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido Is Contesting For Senate, His Son Mustapha Lamido Is Contesting For Governor, His Daughter Is Contesting For House Of Representatives.His Son Aminu contesting for State House Assembly. All Of Them Won Their Primaries.”
The post has also been shared more than 250 times as of June 3, 2022.
Another Facebook page simply identified as Temidayo Picture posted the claim with a caption: “Sule Lamido won for Senate. His son won for Governor and His daughter won for Rep. All under PDP in Jigawa state. If this was Tinubu, some people will visit UN headquarters to submit petition of threat to Democracy.”
The post has been shared more than 100 times as of June 3, 2022.
Sule Lamido, son and daughter contested and won Senate, Governorship, and House of Representatives tickets respectively.
Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is MOSTLY FALSE.
Checks by The FactCheckHub revealed that contrary to the viral social media claim, neither Lamido nor his daughter contested any elective position in Jigawa State.
Public records show that it is only the former governor’s son, Mustapha Lamido, who contested and won the governorship ticket of the PDP in the state.
Mustapha Lamido polled 829 votes to defeat former Minister of State for Power, Saleh Shehu Hadejia who scored 0 votes in the election held on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives candidates of the party in the state emerged through consensus, The Nigerian Tribune reported. However, no female was among the eleven candidates that emerged after the exercise. Also, no son or daughter of the former governor was found on the party’s list of candidates.
Further checks also show that Sule Lamido, who is a PDP chieftain, was not among the contenders or winners of any PDP senatorial seats in the state.
The claim that the former Jigawa state governor Sule Lamido, son and daughter contested and won the PDP’s primaries is MOSTLY FALSE; findings show that only Lamido’s son, Mustapha contested and won the PDP’s governorship primary ticket in the state.
Nurudeen Akewushola is a fact-checker with FactCheckHub. He has authored several fact checks which have contributed to the fight against fake news and other forms of information disorder. You can shoot him via firstname.lastname@example.org and @NurudeenAkewus1 via Twitter.
Thank you for clearing the air. I respect and appreciate your efforts. Your work is really needed at a time as this – when falsehood pervades the social space like wide fire.
Thank you God bless you.
Nice job. Keep it up.