By: Samuel Agbelusi and Ukwu Bankrichards Chidera
A twitter user by name VC Of Media Affairs and handle, @Gugu_media posted in the late hours of Friday june 17, a screenshot document which contained a supposed withdrawal letter signed by Olusegun Adebayo Oni of Ekiti State from the ongoing Ekiti Governorship elections.
The post further went on to sway Netizens that the Social Democratic Party Flag bearer urged his supporters to vote the Peoples Democratic Party Flagbearer at the polls.
Olusegun Adebayo Oni SDP flagbearer withdraws from Ekiti gubernatorial election and urge his supporters to vote for KOLAWAOLE PDP flagbearer tomorrow.#EkitiDecides2022 #EkitiDecides #Ekitielection pic.twitter.com/PHJe8ZY0HT
— VC Of Media Affairs (@Gugu_media) June 17, 2022
As at Presstime, Confirmations by FactCheckElection from insider sources and people close to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) confirmed that Chief Segun Adebayo Oni is still much in the race and that he did not collapse the structure for any political party.
The Ekiti Citizens are to decide their next governor today and all candidates are in preparations to ensure the voters vote in their favor. An Insider source named Akintunde Olabisi who confirmed the claim is FALSE said “Chief Oni is still much in the race and will not bow down to any pressure for him to step down for anybody. The people are with us and we are on course to reclaim the mandate.”
A call to our on field observer in Ekiti for the gubernatorial election reveals that the SDP flagbearer is still much in the race and people are out to vote the candidates of their choice as the turn out is relatively encouraging in the capital city of Ekiti, Ado Ekiti.
The twitter account of the claimant with a profile carrying Brand PR | Influencer | Public Relation | Strategist on its timeline with 3,645 Followers could generate a relatively high reaction soon but as at press time the reactions are low.
Sequel to this report, it has been rumored that the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Chief Segun Oni will step down a few days before the election.
According to premiumtimesng’s report on 16th June,The SDP candidate addressed his supporters saying “they are scared, they said; Chief Segun Oni said he isn’t contesting anymore…they said I have met with Asiwaju and that I’m no longer interested,”
This information disorder could affect the electoral process such that voters could vote For who they don’t intend to vote for. According to Hassan Idayat, director of The Center for Democracy and Development (CDD), West Africa, believes the spread of fake news in an election season is typically geared towards garnering more votes.
Considering the fact that there has not been any statement directly from the said aspirant himself or the party, the claim proves faulty and would not stand as truth.
FactCheckElections rate this claim as False and with all verification done as agt presstime, there is no confirmation to the claim but rather refutations.
Reports had it earlier that the Aspirant under the Social Democratic Party SDP addressed newsmen in Ekiti on friday and he raised concern over possible disruption of the electoral process as he warned politicians not to set the state on fire by allegedly abducting SDP leaders in their homes.