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No evidence Police colluded with thugs, INEC, to disrupt Rivers State election

CLAIM: Twitter users have shared a video claiming that police officers colluded with PDP thugs and INEC ad-hoc officials to whisk away ballot boxes in ward 20, polling unit 042, Port Harcourt Local Government Area (PHALGA) of Rivers state, during the governorship elections. 

FINDING: From the NFC’s footage review, the police officers did not engage the INEC officers. Also, CODE observer Evelyn Williams, in Rivers state, confirmed to the NFC that thugs snatched ballot boxes in some local government wards in Obio-Akpor and PHALGA. Still, there were no reports of police officers’ involvement. 

Meanwhile, the NFC discovered that voting results from the polling unit had been uploaded on the IReV portal. According to the results, PDP polled 85 votes, LP got six, and Action Democratic Party (ADP) scored four. The Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Action Party (A) received two votes each.

VERDICT: Unproven 

SOURCES: INEC IReV Portal, CODE observer

DATE: 21-03-2023

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