UK Elections: YouTuber Niko Omilana Running Against PM Rishi Sunak?

YouTuber Niko Omilana announced that he is running against UK PM Rishi Sunak, sparking speculations about the 26-year-old vying a prime ministerial tenure. However, these claims are not true. The influencer, popular for his comedic skits and prank videos, will compete against Sunak in his Richmond seat. The country goes to polls on July 4.
YouTuber Niko Omilana and Rishi Sunak

YouTuber Niko Omilana and Rishi Sunak

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YouTuber Niko Omilana announced that he is running against UK PM Rishi Sunak, sparking speculations about the 26-year-old vying a prime ministerial tenure. However, these claims are not true. The influencer, popular for his comedic skits and prank videos, will compete against Sunak in his Richmond seat. The country goes to polls on July 4.
This is not the first time Omilana has decided to compete in the political arena. In 2021, he ran for London Mayor. He came fifth.
The news of Niko Omilana running in 2024 was first shared by the PolitIcsUK handle on X, platform formerly known as Twitter. The YouTuber then released a video. He said: "Hello my friends, I've decided to run for Prime Minister and I'm going up against our current Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in the area of Richmond and plan to completely remove him from the political world."
Omilana further added that Sunak, who has been PM since 2022, wants to 'send young people to war.
"So I've decided to declare war on the system. We will remove Rishi and on top of this we have done the impossible. We attempted to run Nicola Milana in multiple places across the country and somehow we managed to make it happen. My aim is for Nicola Milano to get more votes than anyone else and declare myself Prime Minister. But before I confirm these places, I need everyone to register to vote. This country doesn't believe that young people have power, but together we do."
While Omilana has posted a video on social media, we do not see any other confirmation about him running. Fact-checking X users, who claimed the YouTuber is challenging Rishi Sunak for the prime minister post, the Elon Musk-led platform wrote: "Niko is not running for Prime Minister, he is running as an MP in the same constituency as the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak. Winning this constituency seat would not make him the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom."
Some social media users claimed that Omilana is registered as a candidate in five different constituencies, sparking speculation that several individuals have changed their name. We cannot verify this claim at the moment.
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