IN SHORT: Kogi governor Yahaya Bello lost to current president Bola Tinubu in the All Progressives Congress primaries. But he didn’t tweet that he can’t forgive Tinubu, telling the president to stay out of his state’s governorship election.
“Tinubu has no say in kogi election come November 2023, i can’t forget what he did to me during the Presidential primaries,” the poorly written tweet reads.
“I am in charge of my State and will not allow anyone intrude in my affairs.”
But has Bello tweeted that he “can’t forget what Tinubu did” to him during the APC presidential primaries, and warned the president to stay out of Kogi state’s governorship election?
‘Photoshopped by mischief makers’
Africa Check searched for the tweet on Bello’s verified Twitter account, but could not find it.
What we did find is that the accounts’ tweets are reasonably well written, without grammatical errors – unlike the tweet in the screenshot.
There have been no credible media reports of Bello saying this to Tinubu.
On 5 July, Bello dismissed the screenshot as fake in a tweet that showed it crossed out by two red lines with the words “FAKE NEWS!!!”
Fake News alert !!️ 🚨
Photoshopped by Mischief makers.
God bless President @officialABAT
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria. pic.twitter.com/1eEAh4RJKc
— Alhaji Dr. Yahaya Bello, CON (@OfficialGYBKogi) July 5, 2023