FACT-CHECK: Obinna Nwosu is not the first Abia politician to be verified by Twitter

By Ebere Agozie

CLAIM: A Tweet by Obinna Nwosu claiming he is the first politician from Abia State in Nigeria to be verified by Twitter is FALSE.

Nwosu, an independent London-trained Oracle finance and database consultant, was a gubernatorial candidate for the 2023 Abia State elections. He however, since removed from the upcoming gubernatorial race on February 18, election 2023,

On February 17, 2022, the aspirant, who has it, shared a screenshot of https://archive.ph/FotQg, a notification and a congratulatory message by Twitter that his account had been verified.

“Guess who just got twitter verified. This makes me the first politician from Abia State in history to be twitter verified,” his tweet read.

The blue check mark on Twitter shows that a public interest account is authentic, notable and active.

https://archive.ph/FotQg

Screenshot of Nwosu’s Twitter post.

VERIFICATION: : Nwosu’s announcement was met with incredulous reactions from other Twitter users, including this one by @jiswitu who pointed out that there is another verified politician from Abia State named Mao Ohuabunwa.

A number of other notable politicians from Abia States are on Twitter including the current Governor, @GovernorIkpeazuformer governor @OUKtweetscurrent senator @SenatorAbaribeformer minister @ChukwuemekaWogu and former minister @ChikweKema.

However, only the Twitter pages of Senator Ohuabunwa and Obina Nwosu contain the blue verification badge. While Senator Ohuabunwa opened his Twitter account in June 2015, Nwosu joined Twitter in January 2017.

Screenshot of Twitter post @jiswitu

News Agency of Nigeria wrote to Uche Okoli, Sen Ohuabunwa’s special assistant, to find out when the senator’s account was verified.

In his response, Okoli confirmed that the lawmaker’s account was verified on February 22, 2017, five years before Nwosu.

Okoli, also shared an official email from Twitter containing confirmation that the senator’s official handle has been verified.

VERDICT: The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reviewed Obinna Nwosu’s Tweet claiming he is the first politician from Abia State to be verified by Twitter, and finds it FALSE. NAN reports that Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, another politician from the same state, was verified by Twitter years before him.

Edited by Isaac Aregbesola

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