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FACT CHECK: Bola Tinubu won only five states in the 2023 presidential election?

Dokun Ojomo has claimed in a Twitter post that Nigeria’s president-elect, Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), won only five states in the presidential election held on February 25, 2023.

The post has since garnered over 330,000 views, 1,657 retweets, and 4,539 likes as of when it was retrieved from the microblogging platform.

Bola Tinubu is set to be officially sworn in as the country’s president on May 29, 2023. 

Screenshot of the viral Twitter post

Claim: Bola Tinubu of the APC won only five states in the 2023 presidential election


The 2023 presidential election results by states, published in multiple media reports, as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), showed that Tinubu of the ruling APC won in more than five states.

The Nigerian Tribune reported that Tinubu won in 13 states; Rivers, Borno, Jigawa, Zamfara, Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Oyo, and Ogun.

Premium Times, Foundation for Investigative Journalism, Arise News,  and the Vanguard Newspaper, reported that Tinubu won in 12 states, excluding Osun. This was also reported by the BBC, and Aljazeera, as seen here and here.

Meanwhile, Premium Times later reported that Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) won River State following the review of the results uploaded to the election umpire’s result viewing portal known as IReV.

At the time of this report, CDD Election War Room perused the IReV portal in search of Rivers state results and found that it is still not complete.

The hearing of suits challenging Tinubu’s emergence, however, is still ongoing at the Presidential Election Tribunal Court and there is no ruling stating that he won only five states, as of the time of filing this report. 

Verdict: FALSE

The CDD Election War Room can confirm that Bola Tinubu of the APC won more than five states in the 2023 presidential election, as announced by INEC. 

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