A claim has been circulating that Muritala Ajaka, the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Kogi State, sent a text message to his supporters stating that he has been disqualified due to issues with his running mate Sam Ranti-Abenemi’s certificate.
According to reports, the Kogi State government filed a suit against Sam Ranti-Abenemi, accusing him of submitting a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The charges against him include perjury, false declaration, use of false documents, and possession of a forged 1979 O’Level certificate. However, the case is still pending, and the court has not yet made a ruling on the motions presented by the accused’s counsel.
As of now, there is no confirmed information regarding the disqualification of Muritala Ajaka or any official announcement instructing SDP supporters to vote for another party.
The Explainer Fact Checker, has examined the claim and determined that it remains unverified. The ongoing legal proceedings related to Sam Ranti-Abenemi’s certificate submission to INEC have not concluded, and no official disqualification announcement has been made.