Claim: A video, which has gone viral on the Internet, posted by user Usman Okai Austin, via his Twitter handle @Oma_igala1, showed him on a discussion panel about the upcoming Bayelsa and Kogi held on Democracy today TV show on AIT. On the panel, he made a statement saying “The uncollected PVCs are with INEC instead of Central Bank of Nigeria”. This according to Okai puts a question mark on the activities of INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) as they prepare for the upcoming Governorship elections.
Fact: CDD Fact checkers contacted Barr. Osaze Oluwole-Uzzi, Director of Voter Education at INEC to verify this information. The Director agrees that all uncollected PVCs must be returned to the Commission, for safe keeping at the Central Bank of Nigeria. Fact Checker then contacted Prof. James Apam, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC in Kogi state; who confirmed that the uncollected PVCs are still been mopped up from the various locations, following the closing of the time specified by the Commission for collection. This statement agrees with Okai’s position. The REC however said, they are processing movement of the PVCs to a secured location (Central Bank of Nigeria) before the Governorship Election, scheduled for November 16, 2019. .
Conclusion: The claim that INEC is yet to move the uncollected PVC to a secure location which for INEC is the Central Bank of Nigeria is True. CDD advises the Commission to complete the process and communicate to the stakeholders as soon as possible. This is a very sensitive period, electoral information must be clearly communicated.