FACT CHECK: How Sowore, Umeadi made false claims during presidential town hall

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Politicians have continued to make sweeping statements and unverified claims as they woo electorate in their race to the 2023 general elections.

Presidential candidates are at the fore-front of making false claims or misleading statements to gain voters’ sympathy. 

This much played out on Sunday, November 13 at the presidential town hall meeting organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) and Arise Television.

Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC); Yabagi Sani of the Action Democratic Party (ADC); Peter Umeadi of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA); and Adewole Adebayo of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) were in attendance.

The politicians while speaking to Nigerians made various claims. In this report, TheNigerian News fact checked the accuracy of claims by them. 

Speaking at the debate, Sowore claimed that based on official figures, oil companies operating in the country owe Nigeria $6.4billion.

But findings show that Ogbonnaya Orji, the Executive Secretary and National Coordinator of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), was quoted in September 2022, saying “the outstanding taxes and fees from the oil companies as of March 2022 is $2.674 billion.

The $6.4billion claimed by Sowore was the figure in 2019.

Also, the candidate of APGA, Umeadi claimed that BP Exploration & Production Inc. paid $15 billion for the Gulf of Mexico spill but a report by The Conversation shows that the London-based oil company, paid a $4.5 billion criminal penalty for the Gulf of Mexico spill which was described as the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred in 2010 resulting in the death of 11 rig workers while 17 others got injured. The spill leaked 800 million litres of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

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