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FW: Vice-Presidential (VP) Debate Fact Check

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha is trying to figure out how to tell as many impact stories as possible in different forms.

This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news

On Friday, 16th December 2018, 5 Vice Presidential candidates participated in a debate on core issues ahead of the 2019 Presidential elections in February.

Those that participated were Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN)'s Khadijah Abdullahi - Iya, Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN)'s Ganiyu Galadima, All Progressives Congress (APC)'s Yemi Osinbajo, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s Peter Obi, and the Young Progressives Party (YPP)'s Umma Getso.

The participants of the debate which aired on various TV stations in the country answered questions on security, the economy, foreign policy, and health.

In the course of the debate, a lot of figures were thrown around by different candidates, claims were also made. We helped verify some of them.


Peter Obi (PDP)

Claim 1: There are about 2 million vehicles in Nigeria.

Check: Incorrect. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigeria had over 11.5 million vehicles as at the first half of 2018.

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