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CDD Fact-Check Report_Alleged Comment on 2019 Elections By INEC Former Chair, Attahiru Jega, Is Fake

 

CDD Fact-Check Report

FACT CHECK: Alleged Comment on 2019 Elections By INEC Former Chair, Attahiru Jega, Is Fake

CDD Team of fake news monitors and fact-checkers have found a quote currently circulating on social media, attributed to the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega to the effect that if the current INEC Chair, Professor Mahmood Yakubu does what he is supposed to do as an electoral umpire, that a major party candidate would be defeated in next year’s presidential election. The alleged quote, which is currently being shared widely on whatsapp, our checks indicate, did not emanate from the former INEC helmsman, the source to which the quote was attributed.

After a rigorous and meticulous process of vetting the quote in question, including deploying our innovative fact-checking capabilities, and interviews with multiple sources, CDD Team of fake news monitors can authoritatively assert that the comment in circulation is a fake and fabricated news item. CDD Team of fake news monitors and fact checkers have interviewed the alleged source of the quote, who has strongly denied ever making any such statement to that effect.

As stated in previous interventions to contain the spread of fake news, misinformation and disinformation, CDD calls on citizens and stakeholders to be vigilant and very circumspect when it comes to believing, posting and sharing claims, quotes and positions, which sources and credibility cannot be verified. With the count down to the 2019 general elections, it is apparent that there will be an upsurge in the spread of these and many other forms of fake news items. In the contest for political advantage, different partisan interests will aggressively push online influence campaigns, as they seek to tilt the outcome of the polls to their advantage. The only defense citizens can put up against the spread of fake news, misinformation and disinformation is to be vigilant and critical with respect to believing, posting and sharing content, especially on social media.

Signed:

Idayat Hassan

Director

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