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CDD Fact-Check Report_How True is the Quote Attributed to Jega about Atiku ‘s Chances in 2019 Elections?


CDD Fact-Check Report

FACT CHECK: How True is the Quote Attribute to Jega about Atiku ‘s Chances in 2019 Elections

On Sunday a Twitter user who identifies himself as Dadiyata with the handle @dadiyata posted a Tweet with a quote purportedly made by the immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega.  The tweet read:

“If the current INEC chairman can emulate me and conduct free and fair elections nothing will stop Atiku from winning 2019 elections.”

The quote was followed by a hashtag #TweetLikeABuharist and a picture of Prof. Jega.

How true is the tweet, which has so far gotten 10 comments, 73 retweets and 82 likes? Did Prof. Jega make the comments?

Fact-checker at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) did a google search of the quote and it yielded no result, which is an indication that no media outlet reported the purported statement.

We also reached out to Mr Jega to ascertain the veracity or otherwise of the quote attributed to him and he denied making it.

“I did not issue any such statement. Spoilers bent on undermining the credibility of INEC are at work, dragging some of us along,” he said.

An analysis of the profile of Twitter handles that posted the tweet showed that he is a supporter of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party and specifically an adherent of a former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso and his popular Kwankwasiya movement in Kano State.

His Twitter timeline is littered with pro-PDP/Pro-Kwankwaso and anti-APC/Anti-Buhari tweets.

The Hashtag: #TweetLikeABuharist, which accompanied the tweet, a popular among the supporters of the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. The hashtag is specifically used to ridicule and lampoon supporters of the ruling All Progressives Party (APC) and President Buhari.


Therefore, CDD adjudge the Tweet to be FALSE. It was posted with the intent of denting the credibility of the INEC by falsely pitching its former chairman against the current leadership of the commission.

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