How resignation of APC chieftain stirs misinformation online

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SHORTLY after an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Daniel Bwala, announced his resignation from the party on Sunday, July 10, 2020, misinformation about his action trended online.

Bwala, who is the special adviser to the Deputy Senate President on legal matters, said his decision to resign from the party was based on principles and conviction.

He tweeted: “Tonight I officially resigned my membership of @OfficialAPCNg on principles and conviction that I hold so dear. At this time of our national existence, our efforts and energy should gravitate towards uniting our people.”

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Bwala was later seen in a video alluding his resignation to the fact that the APC is parading a presidential candidate and vice-presidential candidate who are Muslims as the party’s flag bearers for the 2023 general election.

The Misinformation

After Bwala’s resignation, some Twitter users and blogs in Nigeria started circulating the news that Daniel Bwala, who resigned was the APC legal adviser.

A Twitter user, Spotlight_Abby with the username @Spotlight_Abby tweeted that Daniel Bwala, who resigned over the APC Muslim-Muslim ticket, was the National Legal Adviser of the party.

“Muslim Muslim ticket doesn’t reflect the spirit of our constitution. Some would argue, if your 1st decision as a candidate is a wrong one, then the rest of your presidency would be characterised by bad ones – Barr. Daniel Bwala, APC National Legal Advisor resigns,” her tweet read.

Another Twitter user, Daniel Ogbonna Aluma with the username @blesseddandy also claimed that Bwala is the APC National Legal Adviser.

“BREAKING: Muslim-Muslim Ticket – APC National Legal Adviser, Daniel H. Bwala Resigns,” he tweeted.

Some Nigerian blogs also reported the news, claiming that Bwala, who reportedly resigned over APC Muslim-Muslim ticket, was the legal adviser of the party.

Screenshot of the fake tweet

For instance, Weetalknaija and Periscope International, while reporting the news also claimed that Daniel Bwala was the APC Legal Adviser before his resignation.

“The national legal adviser of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Daniel Bwala has resigned from the party over the decision of the presidential candidate of the party, Bola Tinubu to pick Sen Kashim Shettima, a fellow Muslim as his running mate for next year’s presidential election,” the news read in part.

Screenshot of the news blog, WeeTalkNaija showing the misinformation.

Was Daniel Bwala the APC national legal adviser?

Findings by The FactCheckHub revealed that Daniel Bwala was never the national legal adviser of the APC.  Although, he was a legal practitioner and member of the APC before he resigned from the party on Sunday, July 10, 2022.

Bwala was appointed as the Senior Special Assistant on Political and Constitutional Matters, to the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, in July 2019.

Until his resignation, he was at no point the legal adviser of the APC.

Who is APC national legal adviser?

Findings by The FactCheckHub revealed that the current APC national legal adviser is Barrister Ahmad Usman El-Marzuq.

He was elected as the APC national legal adviser in March 2022.

Similarly, the party has debunked the misinformation, saying the party’s legal adviser has not resigned.

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The APC spokesperson, Felix Morka, in a statement said Daniel Bwala, a legal aide to Ovie Omo-Agege, deputy president of the senate, is not the party’s legal adviser as circulated.

Morka added that Barr. Ahmad Usman El-Marzuq is and remains the National Legal Adviser of the party.

“Our attention has been drawn to a false and misleading report circulating on some media platforms that the National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has resigned.

“Barr. Ahmad Usman El-Marzuq is, and remains, the National Legal Adviser of APC. Barr. Daniel Bwala was not the National Legal Adviser of the Party as erroneously reported,” the statement read in part.

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