CLAIM: CDD has spotted a claim on Senator Dino Melaye’s known Twitter handle, @Dino_Melaye, that only 48,065 registered voters collected their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) in Okene Local Government Area. The distinguished senator further stated that APC’s 112,764 votes from the Local Government in the Governorship election exceeded the PVC collected by 64,543 votes. Senator Dino was a candidate of the People’s Democratic Party for the Kogi West Senatorial rerun election on Monday 19th November, which was declared in-conclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
FACT: CDD is in possession of the Voter Register for Kogi and the data released by INEC on the number of PVC collected per Local Government Areas in the state. These documents are also available online, which is also published by Policy, Legal and Advocacy Centre (PLAC). A review by fact checkers shows that Okene LGA had a total of 131,166 registered voters on the voter register, of this number, from the data released by INEC ahead off the poll shows that 129,681 registered voters had collected their PVC as at the date of the poll. Four LGA records high PVC collection; Dekina (151,753); Okene (129,681); Lokoja (118,673) and Ankpa (118,016).
Fact checkers can confirm that Senator Dino is very popular on the twitter, having a total of 999.9K Followers. The tweet as at reporting time had gained 828 retweets, 2.8k likes and 543 comments; additionally, a prominent Twitter user Baba Idris, with the handle; @babaidris090 had shared the tweet on his timeline, thereby increasing its visibility.
The claim that 48,065 voters collected their PVCs in Okene LG of Kogi state is FALSE. While it is true that Kogi state Governorship Elections had several issues from our observation report, we believe that peddling fake news and disinformation is not in anyone’s good interest, especially for respected individuals. CDD urges aggrieved politicians to approach the court and not further increase the already prevailing tension in the state with false information. Fake news and disinformation stokes tension in our polity and undermines the credibility of elections and threatens our democracy, let’s join hands to #StopFakeNews in Nigeria.