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July 4, 2023

2023 elections: Keyamo, Fani-Kayode promoted fake news – EU report 

2023 elections: Keyamo, Fani-Kayode promoted fake news – EU report 

The European Union Election Observation Mission has alleged that a former Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Femi Fani-Kayode promoted fake news during the 2023 general elections.

The EU Observers made this allegation in latest report on the 2023 general elections, copy of which has been submitted to the Secretary to the Federal Government, George Akume.

It accused Keyamo and Fani-Kayode of misleading Nigerians by spreading fake news during the 2023 general elections.

The EU Observers cited instances where both APC chieftains propagated fake news while campaigning for their candidates.

The report partly reads, “There was an increased incidence of misleading information in the days leading up to and during the election. In many cases, false reports were spread by well-known personalities associated with political parties.

“On February 12, Festus Keyamo from APC promoted information published by a suspicious website, accusing Peter Obi of bribery. The story quickly became viral and was in a few hours debunked.

“Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation and an APC party member, made a claim on February 11, 2023, that the PDP presidential candidate Abubakar had a secret meeting with serving military generals in Abuja.

“He accused Atiku of wanting to incite chaos, provoke a coup d’état, and establish a new and unconstitutional order. Kayode posted this claim across multiple social media platforms, and it garnered 281.2k total impressions. 

“The next day, he posted that the Army denied reports about a meeting between its officers and Atiku.”