FAKE: Halifa Sallah has Not Told Voters to Accept Money from Corrupt Politicians, and then Vote for System Change

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Researched by Kebba Jeffang

Claim: Halifa Sallah, presidential candidate for PDOIS has asked voters to accept money from politicians who offered them bribe in exchange for votes. But vote against them out for System Change.

Source: Social media

Verdict: FAKE

A digital flyer with a picture of Halifa Sallah, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Organization for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS), is making the rounds on various social media platforms, especially WhatsApp.

The flyer contains a message attributed to Mr Sallah, alleging the presidential hopeful is asking voters to accept money given to them by corrupt politicians in exchange for votes. But vote against the politicians for System Change.

It is worth noting that System Change is the campaign theme of the PDOIS ahead of the 2021 presidential election.

 

Fact-check

This statement has been carefully studied by the Malagen media monitoring desk. We are currently monitoring all election campaigns, including the PDOIS presidential campaign and have reviewed the campaign addresses made by Halifa Sallah. But we have found no evidence that Sallah made the statements being attributed to him.

We have monitored news publications and social media accounts linked to the PDOIS. There too, the remarks could not be found. The PDOIS information bureau as well as its communications who are following Halifa’s campaign meetings have denied that Mr Sallah made the statement.

Moreover, the flyer does not indicate when and at what platform Halifa made such claims. Halifa himself has denied the remarks attributed to him and provided the following clarification.

 “What I have been saying is that 2016 was the liberation of the Gambian people. Now they own themselves and cannot be intimidated or induced by anybody on the phase of the earth. So, anybody who allows himself to be induced or intimidated would have sold himself to slavery.”

Verdict: 

The claim being attributed to Halifa Sallah is FAKE.

 

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Sang Mendy, managing director of the Media Academy for Journalism and Communication (MAJAC), is by default the head of Fact Check Gambia. Sang holds a BA in Journalism and Digital Media from the University of The Gambia. He also holds an Advanced Diploma in Mass Communication and a Higher Teachers Certificate. Prior to being the manager, he worked as a journalism trainer and a radio producer. Sang spends his spare time mentoring the young.

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