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DID COURT STOP APC FROM FIELDING CANDIDATE FOR BAYELSA GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION?

VERDICT: FALSE! CLAIM: 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 …

Sorting Fact From Fiction : Nigeria's 2019 Election

Nigeria 2019 Election Fact-File The Centre for Democracy and Development’s Election Analysis Centre (EAC) for the 2019 presidential and gubernatorial elections, represented the first attempt in Nigeria at running a rigorous fact-checking process before, during and after the electoral process of both presidential and gubernatorial elections. CDD’s specific mandate was to provide a filter and …

Did INEC Chairman Flee the Venue of Bayelsa State Stakeholders’ Meeting?

Verdict: False, Misleading Claim: CDD is in possession of a news report in several media outlets, including Daily Trust, Naija News Daily Post, which has gone viral on the social media platforms, claiming that the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu fled the venue of the Bayelsa state Stakeholders’ Meeting. …

Do the Federal Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the Director of Nigerian Law School have an LLB and PhD in Sharia?

VERDICT: FALSE CLAIM: An online source known as Oriental Times posted a story that promotes the popular false narrative of Islamisation in Nigeria. It states that the Head (sic) of Nigerian Law School not only has an LLB in Sharia, but also a PhD in Sharia. It goes on to say that the former Judge …

AN ASSESSMENT OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES ON ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

The purpose of the paper is to review the main economic goals of the current government, examine the implementation of policies and programmes and broadly assess their effectiveness. The economic strategies and goals of the government can be gleaned from the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017-2020, annual budgets, the Medium Term Economic Framework, …

Access to Finance Remains a Big Challenge to Women Running for Elective Positions

Mercy Abang on Legit.ng The Centre for Democracy and Development – CDD, commissioned this report (as part of a five part series) on Women’s Participation in Nigeria’s 2019 elections. Moral support for women aspiring for political office is great. Mental support too. But what is most important, and most neglected, is money. In Nigeria’s political …

Female politicians: How men promised to vote for us if we had sex with them

Mercy Abang on The Cable The Nigerian Labour Act has no provisions for criminalising sexual harassment at the workplace. Most cases go unreported. A history of gender inequality, political instability, insecurity and the absence of legal authority to protect women at the workplace deny millions of women their voices – even powerful female politicians. One …

Mercy Abang: Female Nigerian Politicians Share Their Experiences During the 2019 Elections

Mercy Abang on Bella Naija Harassment, discrimination, violence and intimidation are key characters in Nigerian politics. But for women, these events have become so commonplace, from home to school, the streets to the workplace, religious institutions, academics, and beyond. Although the 2019 elections in Nigeria saw the inclusion of a high number of female aspirants and …

Gendered Contests: Women in Competitive Elections

The history of women’s engagement in power and government in Nigeria reveal patterns of disadvantage in gaining access to both elective and appointive positions resulting from carefully orchestrated strategies of exclusion. While the historic 2015 alternation of power from a ruling to little it did to improve women’s political representation casts aspersion on its integrity …

Did Wada say the Kogi East People can Singlehandedly Decide who Become Governor?

VERDICT: FALSE On the voting population, Fact Checkers checked on INEC website, but could not find a breakdown of registered voters by Local Government Areas in Kogi state, however, found a 2011 record online, the details show that Kogi East has 51.4 percent, Kogi Central 24.32 percent, while Kogi West is 24.25 percent.   CLAIM:  Dr …

WHATSAPP AND NIGERIA'S 2019 ELECTIONS: MOBILIZING THE PEOPLE, PROTECTING THE VOTE

“Social media has changed the face of politics in Nigeria.”¹ So said many political candidates, professionals, non-governmental organisation (NGO) and civil society actors, scholars and political advisers interviewed as part of this research project in the lead-up to, and the aftermath of, the 2019 presidential and gubernatorial elections. To what extent, though, is this true? …

Did Angry Nigerians Attack Embassy in Sierra Leone?

Verdict: False; Old Video Resurfacing  CLAIM: CDD is in possession of a 4-minutes video trending online. The video which was sighted by factcheckers on 2nd October 2019, claimed that a mob have attacked the Nigerian Embassy in Sierra Leone. The same video resurfaced on 3rd October 2019, with a different claim, that IPOB members have attacked the Nigerian …