Old video shows Nigerian governor booed before taking office

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The Governor of Nigeria’s Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, is seeking a second term with the backing of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party as Africa’s most populous nation gears up for elections in early 2023. Social media accounts have shared a video with over 300,000 views claiming part of it shows Abdulrazaq being booed by young people at a rally. This is misleading: the footage in question was shot in December 2018 when Abdulrazaq was still a candidate.

The 12-minute video was shared in this Facebook post and includes several visuals, including footage of a political rally as well as voiceovers from two narrators. One of the clips shows Abdulrazaq surrounded by a crowd of people chanting and booing as he is led away from a podium.

Another clip from the video features Peter Obi of the Labor Party, who is among the candidates to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari next year.

A screenshot of the misleading Facebook post, taken August 15, 2022

“Kwara State Youths Chase Their Governor From Podium Says They Want Peter Obi (sic),” reads the caption of the post posted on August 12, 2022.

The video has been viewed over 300,000 times.

In one of the voiceovers in the video, a narrator speaking in Nigerian pidgin can be heard saying, “The young people said they wanted to hear anything about APC. They chased him away and chanted Obi’s name.

A few days earlier, on August 9, 2022, a TikTok account called “Saint_T_Comedy” posted the clip of Abdulrazaq being heckled at a rally. The caption of the now-deleted TikTok video claimed that Abdulrazaq was called a “thief” and added that “young people have finally woken up”.

A screenshot of the misleading TikTok post, taken on August 15, 2022

The same claims have also been posted elsewhere on Facebook, including here and here.

However, the claim is misleading.

Chaos at the 2018 event

Using video verification tool InVID-WeVerify, AFP Fact Check performed reverse image searches on keyframes of the footage and found that the clip was posted to YouTube on December 25, 2018.

According to the caption, the video was taken at the venue of the 53rd annual conference of Ilorin Emirate Progressive Descendants Union (IEPDU) in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara.

He said Abdulrazaq was booed by supporters of Bukola Saraki, a Nigerian Senate speaker who served as the state’s governor between 2003 and 2011.

At the time of the shooting, Abdulrazaq was the APC’s gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 gubernatorial elections. He won the ballot and was sworn in on May 29, 2019.

AFP Fact Check tracked Nigerian media reports of the rally. The Guardian newspaper said Abdulrazaq was booed as he was about to pledge a donation at the conference. The ensuing chaos brought the event to an abrupt end.

The Kwara state government also dismissed the clip as old.

“Those who released the video desperately wanted to send a signal that a sitting governor was being booed,” spokesman Bashir Adigun said in a Facebook post on Aug. 9, 2022.

The clip has resurfaced as election fever heats up in Nigeria ahead of general elections scheduled for the first quarter of 2023.

In February, voters will choose Buhari’s successor after eight years in office.

Elections for state legislators and governors in the majority of the 36 states will take place on March 11, 2023.

The three main presidential candidates are veteran political operative Bola Tinubu of the APC, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the opposition People’s Democratic Party and Obi, who was Abubakar’s running mate in the 2019 elections.