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FACT CHECK: Did the judges acknowledge Chimamanda Adichie in court?

A social media user has claimed that the judges at the Presidential Election Petition Court on August 1, 2023, acknowledged the presence of award-winning writer, Chimamanda Adichie. The claim was discovered on Twitter, where it had received over four thousand likes and had been viewed over 72 thousand times as of the time of this report. The claim has also surfaced on other microblogging platforms, such as Facebook, and messaging platforms, such as WhatsApp. 

Claim: Presidential tribunal judges acknowledged Chimamanda Adichie in court

Verification

CDD Election WarRoom was physically present at the tribunal and can confirm that Chimamanda Adichie entered the courtroom some minutes before 2 p.m. alongside Peter Obi and Datti Abba Ahmed , the flag bearers of the Labour Party (LP) who are also the petitioner in the presidential election tribunal, against the emergence of Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Party (APC) as the winner of the February presidential election. 

Her arrival was met with enthusiasm by supporters of Peter Obi and the Labour Party, as many people attempted to take photographs with her. 

The session, which was supposed to start at 2 p.m., did not start until 2:20 p.m. when the judges arrived.  

The usual procedure was followed, and the court immediately got down to business, beginning with the announcement of the appearances of both parties. 

The parties were scheduled to adopt their final written addresses 

At no point during the court session did the court or any of the judges acknowledge her presence. 

Verdict: FALSE

The claim that the judges acknowledged the presence of Chimamanda Adichie in court is False. The CDD War Room was present at the tribunal and through out the session, none of the judges acknowledged her presence or gave special recognition to the award-winning writer.  

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