A Fact-Checking Organisation, Dubawa, has revealed that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, did not win in 19 states during the February 25 presidential election as alleged.
Dubawa affirmed in a report issued on Thursday that its findings are based on data collated from the Independent National Electoral Commission’s Result Viewing Portal, and that the trending claim that Obi won 19 states in the poll was misleading.
According to the report, “DUBAWA visited the INEC’s result viewing portal. As of the time of filing this report at 05:47 pm on March 7, 2023, only results from 164,233 polling units have been uploaded on the IREV portal representing 92.87% of the total 176,846 polling units.
“This means the results of 12,613 polling units nationwide had yet to be uploaded on the IREV portal.
“It is, therefore, misleading to dismiss the result announced by INEC and claim that Mr Obi won 19 states, including the FCT.
“Also, the result uploaded by a Facebook user, Mazi Chiemena Samuel, which showed Labour Party’s victory in about 18 states, including the FCT, is not from the IReV portal. Instead, it is a report from a poll conducted by Nextier on January 27, 2023,”
DUBAWA is Nigeria’s first indigenous independent verification and fact-checking project. Initiated by the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism.