Video does not show INEC REC for Adamawa brutalised

A video showing a lynched man inside a vehicle has surfaced online with a claim that it shows the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Adamawa State, Hudu Ari, who declared Aisha Dahiru, popularly called Binani, as the winner of the governorship election in the state.

The video is circulated while collation of the results of the governorship supplementary election in Adamawa state was ongoing. 

Ari made the declaration on Sunday morning amidst chaos at the collation centre in Yola, the state capital, Daily Trust reported earlier.

A video of Ari announcing Binani as the winner of Adamawa governorship election had stirred controversies both online and offline.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has, however rejected the announcement and suspended the process till further notice, Channels TV and Premium Times reported.

A Twitter user, Bulama tweeted the video with a caption that read:

Adamawa INEC commissioner, after declaration of Binani this is what happened to him.” 

The tweet has garnered over 200 retweets and 400 likes as of Sunday evening on April 16, 2023.

The video has also gone viral on multiple social media platforms.

THE CLAIM

Video shows INEC REC brutalised in Adamawa state.

Screenshot of the viral social media post
Screenshot of the viral social media post

THE FINDINGS 

Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is FALSE.

While the context of the video is yet to be ascertained, The FactCheckHub found out that the man in the video is not the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Adamawa State but the INEC national commissioner and chairman, board of the Electoral Institute, Abdullahi Abdul Zuru.






     

     

    INEC national commissioner and chairman, board of the Electoral Institute, Abdullahi Zuru.

    Zuru is a former vice-chancellor at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.

    However, the controversial INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Adamawa State is Hudu Ari.

    Hudu Ari, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Adamawa state.

    THE VERDICT

    The claim that the video shows the INEC resident electoral commissioner for Adamawa is FALSE; findings revealed that the man in the video is Abdullahi Abdul Zuru, INEC national commissioner and chairman board of the Electoral Institute.

    This report was republished from the FactCheckHub. Read the original HERE

    Nurudeen Akewushola is an investigative reporter and fact-checker with The ICIR. He believes courageous in-depth investigative reporting is the key to social justice, accountability and good governance in society. You can reach him via [email protected] and @NurudeenAkewus1 on Twitter.

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