A story shared on Facebook claims Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission is thinking of cancelling Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election because it is “no longer sure of Buhari’s 15 million votes”.
INEC’s election results show Abubakar received 11.26 million votes, while Buhari was re-elected with 15.19 million votes.
“BREAKING: INEC No Longer Sure Of Buhari’s 15 Million Votes, May Cancel The 2019 Presidential Election,” the article’s headline reads.
‘We are sure of the results’ – INEC
The post has been shared on Facebook over 340 times so far, and has about 30 comments.
It quotes INEC’s director of voter education and publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, as saying the electoral body is “still authenticating the results from the states”.
But Rotimi Oyekanmi, chief press secretary to the INEC chair, dismissed the report.
“It’s fake news. INEC is not reconsidering the 2019 presidential election,” he told Africa Check.
“The presidential election result has been published on our website. If anybody is talking about authentication of result, it must be when the collation was still ongoing. We have announced the presidential election results and we are sure of the results announced.” – Allwell Okpi (14/03/2019)
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