Did Prof Attahiru Jega say election results were transmitted electronically during his tenure as INEC Chair?

VERDICT: FALSE

THE CLAIM: A claim has been spotted circulating on social media, including WhatsApp and Facebook, which was credited to the formal Chair of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), that “INEC server exist and it is functional.” The message first appeared on “Voice of Nasarawa” Facebook page, posted on June 15, 2019. According to the post, Prof Jega was quoted: “Let’s call a spade a spade. I was once INEC chairman and results were transmitted electronically during my time”. The post had 153 comments, 736 likes and 1,000 plus shares on Facebook alone as at June 17, 2019. This message had gone viral on several WhatsApp groups, Twitter and online blog.

On Twitter, the handle @olushola_shola tweeted on June 16, 2019, which has generated 1,900 retweet, 3,300 likes and 314 comments. This in addition to the online blog: https://exclusive103.com/2019/06/15/inec-server-exist-and-it-is-functional-lets-call-a-spade-a-spade-i-was-once-inec-chairman-and-results-were-transmitted-electronically-during-my-time-prof-attahiru-jega/.

THE FACTS: CDD Fact Checkers reviewed the website of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on www.inecnigeria.org and found nothing relating to Prof Jega’s tenure and the use of server for transmission of result. Fact Checkers also contacted, Prof Jega who said, “This is another lie mischievously attributed to me. I never said this. Besides, INEC during my time did not do electronic transmission of results. Under our current electoral laws, it is illegal to do so. I am at a loss as to why some reckless people go the extra mile to attribute things to me, which I have never said. I have never said this. It is a repugnant lie”.

Conclusion: Attributing this claim to the formal chairman of INEC is a false information, which is intended to disinform and mislead Nigerians on the INEC server issues, the claim that election results were transmitted electronically during Prof Attahiru Jega’s Tenure as INEC Chair is FALSE? �<