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Quick Checks: Misleading Claims from the Ondo 2020 Election

CLAIM: A twitter user @Iyanuoluwa, in a video, claimed that thugs working for the APC candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu attacked opposition agent. “Akeredolu thugs at IJOMU, opposite St David’s Church. They almost killed the only PDP agent there,” he tweeted.

Source: Twitter @Iyanuoluwa


Verification: Temitope Akinmoladun, PTCIJ observer who is currently around the area confirmed that there is no such rancor is happening or has transpired around the area. Furthermore,  the video did not portray or depict what it claimed. It only portrayed some bystanders who neither expressed aggression nor admitted that they were or affiliated to Mr. Akeredolu. This claim is misleading. 

Claim: A user on Twitter shared a video and claimed that certain top officials alongside some thugs demand voters in Owo unit 15  to either vote for APC or go home. 

Source: Twitter @Ondo66265742


Verification: Okenye Jerry, PTCIJ Observer within the area substantiated that there was no such scenario around or within the polling unit. He added that both the voters present and INEC officials at the polling unit in question confirmed that the information is a ruse. Furthermore, the video did not depict the narrative it claimed to have unfolded and there was no such rancor, nor did anyone let out or suggested such threats. Hence, this claim is misleading. 

Claim: Governor Akeredolu is owing Ondo workers and pensioners but commissioner sharing N100,000 24 hours to election

Source: Twitter user who described himself as Media aide, Taraba state governor, October 9, 2020

Verdict: Insufficient Evidence

Verification: There are different news of  Governor Akeredolu’s administration owing workers across different sectors but there are no evidence that the commissioner was sharing money. The post also failed to mention the name of the commissioner or the ministry.

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