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FACT-CHECK: Did Works Minister, Fashola Gain Access To INEC Election Results Portal?

An allegation has gone viral claiming that the Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola, gain unauthorized access to the results portal of the Independent National Electoral Commission. The claim was made with a photograph of Fashola with a laptop and a desktop which appeared to bear some graphic illustrations of election results.

Amidst the ongoing acrimony over the release of the presidential and National Assembly elections held last Saturday, the allegation became more of a subject of interest among many who have commented on the post.

Also a post by the Vice Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Senator Ahmed Datti, further provoked more interest when he posted :

“Someone please ask Fashola how he got access to this server that has the election result data. INEC and APC rigged the election even before it started. They should come out and defend this,” he posted on his Twitter page

FINDINGS:

NPO Reports scrutinized the photo in question and discovered that the photo did not show the INEC result portal but the website of a Civichive.

CivicHive which is a civil group using data as solutions for political campaigns, says of itself “We give founders the edge they need to build and launch successful civic companies. We equip selected candidates with skills on how to frame their problems and come up with impactful solutions that will drive societal change across every literacy span. Our fellows have built over 16 Organizations, hired over 100+ employees, and raised over $1M in funding.”

VERDICT:

NPO Reports that the claim that Mr. Fashola gained access to the INEC portal is INCORRECT.

Culled from NPO Reports

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