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Quick Checks: False Claims from the Ondo 2020 Election

Edo election: Photo Credit: Twitter 3 mins read

Claim: a viral Mobile message posing as INEC, sent via 335 claims that the Ondo State PDP Governorship candidate, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede has stepped down from the election race. 

Source: mobile message via 335

False

Conclusion: Festus Okoye, INEC spokesperson has confirmed that the message is a hoax, a means to disrupt the peace of the ongoing Ondo election. He also ratified that the Ondo State PDP Governorship candidate, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede is still part of the gubernatorial race. Just minutes ago, Mr.Eyitayo Jegede tweeted that “I cast my vote at Ward 2, Unit 9, Akure South Local Government Area. I encourage all registered voters to please go out and cast your votes peacefully. Hence, this claim is a hoax.


Claim: A video shared by @PDP_2023 on twitter, claimed that Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, the PDP candidate and the current Governor of Ondo State has dispatched policemen to disrupt the voting process in his polling unit because he was losing.

Source: Twitter @PDP_2023.

False

Conclusion: Analysis of the video in question traced it back to a ChannelsTv live coverage of the Delta State PDP House of Representatives’ primary elections in Asaba, Delta State in 2018. Thus the event neither took place in Ondo State nor during this month’s election. ChannelsTv has already debunked the video as false while shreds of evidence showed that the video was carefully doctored to suit the false narrative.  Hence, this claim is false. 


Claim: Picture shows suspects with bail of currency in front of them with a caption: Akeredolu/APC suffers stepback in Owo as vigilant youths arrested APC leaders with cash worth 10millon Naira.

Source: Twitter, October 9, 2020

False

Evidence: A scrutiny of the currency reveals them to be Nigeria’s 1000 naira notes, Zimbabwe 1, 000,000 dollar, and Ghana cedis. A  google image reverse search shows that the image has been used by different news platforms for different stories.


Claim: Picture shows a withdrawal statement from ZLP candidate, Agboola Ajayi

Source: WhatsApp, October 10, 2020

False

Evidence: Mr Tope Okeowo, Chief Press Secretary to Agboola Ajayi who spoke to Dubawa on Phone said the withdrawal statement is a falsehood initiated and spread by other political parties.  Also, Mr Ajayi released a statement to deny the purported withdrawal.


Claim: Video: Sporadic shooting at Ward 6 PU 2 Akure South

Source: Twitter user, October 10, 2020

False

Evidence: Temitope Akinmoladun, PTCIJ observer was in the area at 10:30am and gathered that nothing of such has occurred all day. Voter conduct at the polling unit, St. Williams primary school, at the time the claim was made was very organised with no incidence of violence . 

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