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Anambra elections: Viral video showing ‘PDP members inducing voters’ fact-checked

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Claim: A video on Instagram claims members of the PDP are inducing voters ahead of the Anambra State election.

Although the money handler wore a PDP attire and our findings show that money is being shared to people, we do not have enough evidence to  ascertain if he is actually a PDP member. However, evidence gleaned from the video shows that it was shot recently ahead of the Anambra election.

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An Instagram post by @thetattleroomng claims members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are inducing voters by giving them N400 and a can of malt ahead of the election.

“Anambra election: PDP members seen giving out 400 Naira and a can of Malt to voters ahead of the gubernatorial election this weekend”, caption on the post reads.

Screenshot of the Instagram post by tattleroomng.

This same video was shared by @Instablog9ja with the same claim gathering about 11,360 likes and 663 comments an hour after it was shared. 

“Anambra Guber Election: Electorates seen receiving N400 and a can of Malt ahead of Saturday,” instablog9ja’s caption reads.

Screenshot of Instablog9ja’s post.

While some viewers in the comment section of this post expressed their shock and dissatisfaction, others say this is staged as no sane person will wear his or her party’s identity to do such thing. This prompted us to do this check.

Verification

Dubawa could not find this video anywhere with Google reverse image and video search as well as with the InVid tool. This suggests the video is new, not a recirculated one.

We also watched, listened, analysed and had the parts spoken igbo translated to get the content and context of the video.

From both videos, we deduced that the man sharing the money in the first video who was wearing PDP’s camouflage on his neck, was asking the young boy if he had a voter’s card. He also asked when he registered to be sure he had the voter’s card.

“Do you have a voter’s card, oya take….say thank you, shut up,” he said.

The money handler was seen giving N200 to some people and N400 to others. Apparently, those without voter’s cards got N200 with their malt while those with voter’s cards got N400 with their Malt.

We also noticed an aged woman with a baby was given N600 (three 200 naira notes) which she said was because of her grandchild she was carrying. 

The Dialogue in the footage suggested the event took place at Nimo Town, Njikoka Local Government Area (LGA) and the people are apparently from the same town. When one of the receiver’s identity was questioned (if he was from Nimo) by the ‘money handler’ with the orange hat, the other person handing drinks quickly confirmed that  the receiver  is a mechanic and is truly from Nimo. 

Where is Nimo Town?

Nimo town is a town in Njikoka LGA, Anambra state, South-east geopolitical zone of Nigeria

Screenshot of Nimo Town on Google map.

Dubawa, therefore, went ahead to do a keyword search which led to a blog post by gistmania.com with the headline  “PDP members caught giving out 400 naira and a can of malt to voters ahead of the Anambra election.”

 The same video posted on Instagram by @tattleroomng was linked to this post. 

Screenshot of blog post by gistmania.com.

Another post by legitpost.com.ng carried the same story but this time it claims it is the All Progressives Congress (APC) inducing voters ahead of the poll.

Screenshot of blog post by legit Post.com.ng.

Although this blog post carries screenshots of the same video with the same man wearing the PDP party’s camouflage, it says the perpetrators are members of the APC which is contradictory.

Conclusion

Although the money handler wore a PDP attire and our findings show that money is being shared to people, we do not have enough evidence to ascertain if the man in the video is actually a PDP member. However, evidence gleaned from the video shows that it was shot recently ahead of the Anambra election.

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