Did Chidozie Nwankwo the AAC candidate step down to support Valentine Ozigbo the PDP candidate?

VERDICT: False CLAIM: CDD came across news reports from championnews.com.ng, 247ureports.com, naijalumia.org and gistmaster.com with a claim that the candidate of African Action Congress (AAC) has stepped down from the governorship race to support the People Democratic Party (PDP) Candidate. FACT CHECK PROCESS: In order to authenticate this sensitive allegation, CDD fact-checkers reached out to …

WhatsApp and Everyday Life in West Africa – Call for Contributors

We are looking for contributions for an edited book volume tentatively titled, ‘WhatsApp and Everyday Life in West Africa’.  The edited volume aims to cover a range of topics from politics, misinformation and elections; to how WhatsApp is used for healthcare, by businesses and as a source of news; to how it can facilitate love, …

CDD Call for Fellowship Applications

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is now accepting fellowship applications for 2021-2022. CDD’s fellowship program aims to bring together people working in areas related to democracy and development from across a broad range of disciplines. CDD commits to leveraging its profile and resources in West Africa and internationally to advance CDD fellows’ research …

Memorandum on Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill 2019 (SB 132) to The National Assembly

The Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill, 2019 (SB 132), passed the second reading of the Senate in November 2019. Leading the debate on the Bill at the plenary session, Sen. Mohammad Sani Musa (APC: Niger) explained that the Bill aims to mitigate the threat of false information spread on the internet by monitoring …

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HACKATHON ON COMBATING DISINFORMATION AND MISINFORMATION IN KANO STATE

In recognition of the harmful effects of disinformation and its impact on the nation; the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is calling for entries to design solutions to address this menace. Eligibility criteria The call is open to computer programmers, interface designers, project managers, social media influencers, amongst others. Females, youth and persons living …

COUNTING THE VOTES: WARD-LEVEL COLLATION DURING NIGERIA'S 2019 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION – A POSTMORTEM ANALYSIS

BACKGROUND The collation of results has been a much-exploited weakness in Nigeria’s election process, since the country’s return to democratic civilian rule in May 1999. Collation is the process by which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) aggregates and tabulates polling unit-level results via a multi-layered process, starting from the ward level, through the local …

CALL FOR PAPER- Democracy in Two Decades, 1999-2019: Reflections on Nation Building and Development in Nigeria

The Department of History, University of Ibadan & The Centre for Democracy and Development, Cordially invite Contributors for the Book Project On; “Democracy in Two Decades, 1999-2019: Reflections on Nation Building and Development in Nigeria” Call for papers After a long struggle spanning more than a decade against military dictatorship, Nigeria returned to democratic rule …

10 things to know about Osun governorship election

It is barely a week to the gubernatorial election in Osun State. The election is expected by many to be a close contest between five leading candidates though there are 48 candidates in the election, including four women. Several crisis trailed the conduct of primary elections in different political parties, for instance, the Social Democratic …

Charter on Democracy and Governance will help Nigeria

Charter on Democracy and Governance will help Nigeria   Unarguably, democracy and good governance go hand in hand to achieve justice and equity for the citizens. In spite of this, observers note with concern that good governance seems to be eluding African countries, including Nigeria occasioned by endemic corruption, among other malpractices. In a bid …

How Buhari’s PFI programme boosts fertiliser supply for farming in Nigeria

How Buhari’s PFI programme boosts fertiliser supply for farming in Nigeria   Ogbonnaya Chukwu, the general manager, Ebonyi State Fertiliser and Chemical Company Limited (EFCCL) sat behind a busy desk in his scantily-furnished office as he spoke glowingly about the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative while a generator coughed outside. “Last year the company joined the Presidential …

MISSION D’OBSERVATION ELECTORALE DE L’UNION AFRICAINE POUR L’ELECTION PRESIDENTIELLE DU MALIEN 2018 DECLARATION PRELIMINAIRE Sur l’observation du 2ème TOUR

MISSION D’OBSERVATION ELECTORALE DE L’UNION AFRICAINE POUR L’ELECTION PRESIDENTIELLE DU MALIEN 2018 DECLARATION PRELIMINAIRE Sur l’observation du 2ème TOUR   INTRODUCTION 1. Le 12 août 2018, les électeurs maliens étaient appelés aux urnes pour le deuxième tour de l’élection du Président de la République. Cette élection qui met en lice les deux candidats arrivés en …

Why are anti-corruption success stories still the exception?

Why are anti-corruption success stories still the exception?   After decades of fighting corruption, measured by hundreds of new (or renewed) commitments, institutions and laws, as well as by millions of euros spent, success stories are still the exception, not the norm. This raises the question, what does and does not work in fighting corruption? …

Ezekwesili, CSOs plan new coalition to restructure Nigeria’s leadership

Ezekwesili, CSOs plan new coalition to restructure Nigeria’s leadership   A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) under the umbrella, Summit of the Alternatives (SOTA), said on Monday that it was working on a political coalition to restructure Nigeria’s leadership ahead of 2019. Oby Ezekwesili, one of the members of the group, and convener, Red …

Abuja Declaration on Fake News,Misinformation and Disinformation Ahead of the 2019 General Election

ABUJA DECLARATION ON FAKE NEWS, MISINFORMATION AND DISINFORMATION AHEAD OF THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) with support from Fredrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and MacArthur Foundation organized a 2-day international conference themed: Democracy and Disinformation: How Fake News Threaten Our Freedom and Democracy. The conference was held from 7 to …

Jega Seeks Stiffer Penalty Against Declaration of Fake Results in 2019 Polls

Prof. Attahiru Jega, former Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has urged the Federal Government to proffer stiffer laws against declaration of fake election results. Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has canvassed stiffer penalty against declaration of fake results in the media. Coming ahead of 2019 general election, …

CDD is Set to Host a Conference on How Fake News Threatens Nigeria’s Democracy and Freedom.

Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD),  is set to host a conference on how fake news threatens Nigeria’s democracy and freedom. As 2019 general election approaches, the conference will facilitate discussion around fake news, misinformation and disinformation, their effects on Nigeria’s democracy, and how it could be mitigated. Starting 9am each day, the two-day conference …