IN SHORT: There is zero evidence that Abdullahi Adamu, chair of the All Progressives Congress, said Nigeria’s elections body didn’t “have the power” to stop people under 18 from voting, or suggest that they were “citizens with the right to vote”.
A top politician has said Nigeria’s electoral commission “doesn’t have the power” to stop people under 18 from voting in the country’s upcoming elections.
“INEC doesn’t have the power to stop underage voters, they will all cast their vote as citizens with the right to vote,” it reads.
Nigerians are set to vote for a new president, as well as for state governors and state and national assemblies, in February and March.
But did Adamu really say this? We checked.
No news reports of provocative statement
The quote doesn’t give any indication of when or where Adamu made the comment.
And there have been no mainstream media reports of him saying anything related to “underage voters”. If Adamu had made this provocative statement it would have been reported by credible news organisations.
The quote is false.
According to Inec’s regulations and guidelines for the conduct of elections, there are penalties for any underage or non-Nigerian person, or someone who has taken another’s identity, presenting themselves to vote. Not only will they not be allowed to vote, but they could be arrested and prosecuted.
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