A former Nigerian lawmaker and spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council, Senator Dino Melaye, has tweeted a video with a claim that the Nigerian Army accused Nyesom Wike, Rivers state governor, of attempting to bribe the military to compromise the 2023 general election.
The video shows an army official on podium saying Wike made an attempt to compromise security officials with large sums of money to influence the outcome of the election.
Melaye tweeted the video on March 4, 2023 with a caption that read:
“The Nigerian Army accusing Wike of trying to compromise them with huge financial inducements.”
The tweet has generated over 1,200 retweets and more than 2,700 likes as of Sunday, March 5, 2023.
The video, which has been circulated on several social media platforms including WhatsApp groups, was also tweeted by many Nigerians on Twitter.
A social media influencer, @drpenking tweeted the video with a caption thus:
“The Nigerian Army reportedly accused Wike of attempting to bribe them during the recent presidential election.”
The video posted by @drpenking has been viewed by over 81,000 tweeps on his account and the tweet has also generated over 1,000 retweets and 3,000 likes as of Sunday, March 05, 2023.
A Twitter user, @MorrisMonye, also tweeted the video with a caption thus: “They are waiting for Wike.”
The tweet has also generated over 1,000 retweets and 2,000 likes and viewed by 47,000 tweeps via his account.
Nigerian Army recently accused Governor Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State of attempting to compromise election.
Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is MISLEADING.
When The FactCheckHub subjected the keyframes of the video generated with InVID to multiple reverse image search, the results show that the video has been online since 2019.
In the full video obtained by The FactCheckHub, the Nigerian Army through her then Director of Public Relations Officer, Aminu Ilyasu accused the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, of making an attempt to bribe security agencies to comprise the 2019 general elections.
Several media outfits such as Sahara Reporter also reported the Army’s allegation against Wike in 2019.
The claim that the Nigerian Army recently accused the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, of attempting to compromise the 2023 general election is MISLEADING as the purported video has been online since 2019.
Nurudeen Akewushola is a fact-checker with FactCheckHub. He has authored several fact checks which have contributed to the fight against information disorder. You can reach him via email@example.com and @NurudeenAkewus1 via Twitter.