FACT-CHECK: Former Bauchi Governor Not Appointed Acting INEC National Chairman

VERDICT: False and misleading


On Friday November 13, 2020 fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a story shared WhatsApp groups with the claim that a former Governor of Bauchi State, Ahmed Mu’azu has been appointed the new national chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The story published by CityNews had the picture of Mu’azu with the caption: BREAKING: Ahmed Mu’azu now acting INEC chairman.


Mu’azu has not been appointed acting chairman of INEC as widely claimed on the report which was shared on WhatsApp.

CDD investigation shows that the report by CityNews wrongly claimed that the former Governor was appointed INEC’s acting chairman following the handover of affairs of the commissioner from Professor Mahmood Yakubu to Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Mu’azu – an indigene of Gombe State as acting chairman.

Also, the Centre gathers that while the new acting chairman represents North East in the commission, the correct name of former Bauchi governor (1999-2007) whose picture appears on the story is Ahmed Adamu Muazu.

The former governor who was mistaken by the news blog as the newly appointed INEC’s acting chairman is a business man and politician.


The claim that a former governor of Bauchi State has been appointed the acting chairman of INEC is false and misleading. The new acting chairman of the commission is retired Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Muazu.

CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.

You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica

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