No, Peter Obi has not deleted his tweet about resignation from PDP!

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ON April 11, 2023, a Twitter user, Imran Muhammad, with the username: @imranmhudz, claimed that Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) flag-bearer in Nigeria’s 2023 presidential election, had deleted the tweet announcing his resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The tweet reads: 

“Peter Obi already deleted his PDP Resignation Tweet but Internet always remember, who has the screenshot? (sic).” 

The spokesperson for the presidential campaign council of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Festus Keyamo, also retweeted the claim with another caption thus:

“Are you serious? He deleted it? OMG! As deceitful as that? Is this the man that wanted to be President? The ‘new breed’? Oh, no! This is so cheap and disappointing! Those who classified him a ‘conman’ were not wrong after all. Now, we can relate this to the lame denial of the ‘yes-daddy’ audio!”

CLAIM

Peter Obi deleted his tweet about his resignation from the PDP.

THE FINDINGS

Checks by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is FALSE.

Peter Obi announced his resignation and withdrawal from the PDP’s presidential primary election via his verified Twitter page on May 25, 2022 and attached his letter of resignation in the tweet.

He subsequently announced his decision to pursue his presidential bid under the Labour Party (LP) on May 27, 2022.

Obi was previously a member of the PDP and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) prior to joining the Labour Party. 

During his tenure as a member of APGA, he served two terms as the governor of Anambra State from 2007 to 2014 and thereafter joined the PDP.

Obi was selected as Atiku Abubakar’s running mate for the Vice Presidential position under the PDP in Nigeria’s 2019 general elections.

However, on May 24, 2022, Obi resigned from the PDP to pursue his personal presidential aspirations and withdrew from the party’s presidential primaries.

Findings by The FactCheckHub revealed that Obi has not deleted his resignation tweet from his Twitter page as of 9:00PM on April 13, 2023.

THE VERDICT

The claim that Peter Obi has deleted his tweet about his resignation from the PDP is FALSE; findings show that his resignation tweet from the PDP is still publicly available on his official Twitter page as of April 13, 2023.

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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 protected] and @NurudeenAkewus1 via Twitter.

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