Fact-Check: Did “Angry Obidients” Kill Prof Akpan for Not Allotting Votes to Peter Obi?
Claim: A claim widely circulating online stated that supporters of the presidential candidate for the Labour Party, LP, in the just concluded Presidential election, Mr Peter Obi, killed Professor Felix Akpan of the Political Science of the University of Calabar, UNICAL for not giving Obi the win.
Full-Text: The claim which was share alongsided with a photo of Professor Akpan with “RIP” inscribed in it, reads: “UNICAL Professor of Political Science, Felix Akpan, who supervised the Presidential election that declared Tinubu as winner has been gruesomely killed by disgruntled Easterners. He was found dead with multiple knive wounds in his apartment. For performing his civic duty and not biased, he was killed for not giving the win to Peter Obi. What type of a people do we merge with. If Obi had won, Ipobs would have turned the nation into a waste [sic].
Verification: The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Abuja told PRNigeria that Professor Felix Akpan did not work for them in the February 25th presidential election.
A report by the Guardian revealed that the former Dean Faculty of the Political Science at the University of Calabar, UNICAL, had suffered a stroke until he was killed by unknown men in his residence behind Mega Hilton Hotel, Calabar.
According to the Public Relations Officer of UNICAL, Mr. Eyo Eyo, the former lecturer, was away from academic activities for about four years due to ill health, and there had been attempts to kill him on several occasions during the tenure of Prof. James Epoke, the former Vice Chancellor of UNICAL.
In an article the deceased published in September 2022, he explicitly displayed neutrality regarding the president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Conclusion: Facts gathered by PRNigeria shows that Professor Akpan did not participate in election work in the just concluded polls and his death has no established links with “Obidients” even though he was killed by yet to be identified men in his residence.
Therefore, PRNigeria, concludes that the claim that he was mercilessly killed by angry Obidients for failing to allot votes to Peter Obi is MISLEADING.
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