On the 15th of October 2019, a news report was aired on Radio Bayelsa 97.1 FM, Yenagoa, which claimed that All Progressive Congress (APC) by recent court injunction, no longer have a Flag Bearer for the November 16th Governorship election in the State. The news was read by Tamarautonye Barakumo Fawei during the 1’00 Clock news and got reactions from many people in Bayelsa state, with some taking to social media to spread same (Bayelsa Governorship Election Fact).
CDD fact-checkers had reviewed substantial number of reliable media outlets and found no news corroborated the claim passed by Radio Bayelsa 97.1 FM. However, we have established that some court cases exist over the primary election conducted by the APC, which Chief David Lyon was declared winner.
Mr.Preye Aganaba, one of the aspirants in the primaries had approached the High Court in Yenagoa to void the primaries that produced Chief Lyon as the party’s candidate for the November 16 governorship election. Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, former Minister of State for Agriculture had also approached the court, in the ex-parte application. Senator Lokpobiri had also applied to the court claiming that Chief Lyon was evading service of court processes along with the two other respondents requiring the trial judge, Justice Jane Inyang to order substitution of service of the originating summons on APC, Chief Lyon and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) through pasting of same on their respective offices. Our state fact checkers, had contacted the station (Radio Bayelsa), resulting in the correction of the news in a later bulletin (our Bayelsa Governorship Election Fact Check shows).
Justice Inyang did not rule over the substantial primary election case, but only on substitution of service, therefore the claim that the All Progressive Congress (APC) by recent court injunction does not have a governorship candidate in the Bayelsa November 16 poll is FALSE. The radio station that passed out the misinformation has since self-refuted their claim and apologised for it. Bayelsa citizens and indeed Nigerians should disassociate themselves from peddling this claim, especially on the Social Media. (Bayelsa Governorship Election Fact )
Again, CDD reinstate its commitment to stop fake news in the states of Bayelsa and Kogi heading for elections and Nigeria in general. We advise the media organizations to be critical of information before passing them off to the public. Misinformation is grave offence therefore, “if you cannot verify it, don’t share it.”