Femi Fani-Kayode (FFK) of APC traded falsehood during the 2023 elections.
In a recent report released by the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM), it has been revealed that a significant amount of misleading information was identified during the social media monitoring process. The report raises concerns about the dissemination of false news, particularly with regards to parties and candidates involved in the political landscape.
One notable instance highlighted in the EU EOM report involves Femi Fani-Kayode (FFK), a former minister of aviation and a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party.
On February 11, 2023, FFK made a claim that the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Abubakar, had engaged in a secret meeting with serving military generals in Abuja. He accused Atiku of harboring intentions to incite chaos, provoke a coup d’état, and establish a new and unconstitutional order.
FFK utilized multiple social media platforms to spread this claim, resulting in a significant impact with a total of 281.2k impressions. The messages conveying this false information were disseminated in various formats, including text, images, videos, and audio recordings. The intention behind these actions and the motives behind FFK’s claims remain subject to investigation.
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However, it is crucial to note that the following day, Femi Fani-Kayode posted an update stating that the Nigerian Army had denied any reports of a meeting between their officers and Atiku. This development adds an important context to the situation and highlights the necessity of verifying information before drawing conclusions or spreading potentially misleading claims.
The EU EOM report emphasizes the need for vigilance among voters, political actors, and the general public in the face of misinformation and false news. It underscores the importance of fact-checking and the responsible sharing of information, particularly during electoral campaigns. The EU EOM further calls for the implementation of measures to combat the spread of misleading information and promote transparency and accuracy in political discourse.
The EU, EOM quoted in their report:
“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.” the EU EOM added on Page 91.