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Doctored statement of INEC’s presiding Officer for Abia state circulates WhatsApp

CLAIM: A broadcast message circulated on social media, particularly WhatsApp, implies that the INEC’s presiding Officer for Abia state, Professor Nnenna Oti, stated that the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu “directed” her to influence election results in Abia state. 

FINDING: The alleged statement is found to have been doctored and altered. Although Ms Oti made a statement before calling on her administrative secretary to read the INEC’s press release suspending the election, she never insinuated foul play, as stated in the viral post. A 13-minute-long video report by TVC contains her actual statement. The INEC chairman and her administrative secretary debunked the claims when the NFC contacted them. Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to INEC, has also issued a rebuttal debunking the claim.

VERDICT: INCORRECT

SOURCE: TVC and INEC 

DATE: 21/03/2023

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