The Centre for Democracy Development, CDD says fake news peddlers have been targeting INEC with a view to delegitimise what it does, and create suspicion in the mind of Nigerians.
The DG, CDD Idiyat Hassan who stated this in Abuja at a media briefing, ahead of Edo state governorship election,noted that the two major parties have engaged in disinformation campaigns with allegations of bias against INEC.
“The disinformation campaign is having an effect on the ground. CDD observers report that one of the possible effects of fake news and disinformation is that it could dampen voter enthusiasm and participation in the process.”
According to her” Both the APC and PDP in Edo state have dedicated media teams with clearly defined structures designed to maximise their online presence.”
CDD DG warned that the disinformation campaign was having negative effect on the ground.
“CDD observers report that one of the possible effects of fake news and disinformation is that it could dampen voter enthusiasm and participation in the process.”
Idiyat Hassan stressed the need for the security agencies deployed to Edo state for the governorship election to discharge their duties lawfully without intimidation.
” Our observers have reported that the security personnel deployed to Edo state for the governorship election were seen moving around in some local government with helicopter since on Monday but don’t have report of intimidating anyone as at the time of filing this report.”
“The hotspots of possible violence identified by CDD include Etsako West, Etsako East, Etsako Central, Owan West and Akoko-Edo in Edo North Senatorial district. In Edo South, Oredo, Orhionmwon, Egor, Ovia North East, and Ikpoba-Okha LGAs have shown such early warning signs. While in Edo Central Senatorial district, Esan Central, Esan North East and Esan West,” Adele Jinadu, the Chair, CDD Election Analysis Centre she said.
On his part, the chairman, Election Analysis centre of the group professor Adele Jinadu advocated for the continuous sensitisation programmes for the citizens on the need to participate actively in reformation of the nations electoral processes.
The chairman who also called for attitudinal change officers and the citizenry toward electoral processes, said full participation during election would help in the betterment of the country.
“Engineering people people driven campaign to change our mindset towards reforming the nations electoral system, there is need for continuous orientation process even after elections to ensure the citizens take responsibility of the process by participating actively and protecting their mandate.”
Professor Jinadu however urged the people of Edo state to come out en masse to exercise their franchise during this Saturday election in the state.