The European Union Election Observation Mission accused Festus Keyamo, a former minister of state for labor and employment, and Femi Fani-Kayode, a leader of the All Progressives Congress, of promoting false information during the general elections in 2023.
In their most recent report on the general elections in 2023, the EU Observers made this accusation. A copy of the report was given to George Akume, who is the Secretary to the Federal Government.
During the general elections in 2023, it was alleged that Keyamo and Fani-Kayode misinformed Nigerians by disseminating false information.
The EU Observers provided several examples in which both APC chieftains spread false information while campaigning for their respective candidates.
In one section of the study, the following statement is made: “There was an increased incidence of misleading information in the days leading up to and during the election.” In many instances, prominent individuals who were affiliated with political parties were the ones to distribute false stories.
“On February 12, Festus Keyamo from the APC propagated material that was released on a questionable website. The information accused Peter Obi of accepting bribes. The report went viral very rapidly but was proven to be false within a few hours of its spread.
“On February 11, 2023, Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation who is now a member of the APC party, made the allegation that the PDP presidential candidate Abubakar had a secret meeting with serving military generals in Abuja.
“He accused Atiku of seeking to create anarchy, instigate a coup d’état, and build a new system that was not in accordance with the constitution. This assertion was published by Kayode on a number of different social media channels, and as a result, it received a total of 281,200 impressions.
“The very next day, he posted that the Army denied reports about a meeting between its officers and Atiku.”