Home Fact Check FACT CHECK: Did the 2023 presidential election record less than 20 million votes?

The chieftain of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Buba Galadima, while appearing at an interview on AriseTV, spoke on the just-concluded 2023 presidential election. 

Claim I: Buba Galadima claimed that less than 20 million people voted during the 2023 presidential election

Verdict: False

The 2023 presidential election had a total of 24.9 million recorded votes which makes up 26.72 per cent of the total registered voters according to dataphyte. Premium Times also reported that only 25,286,616 – about 28.63 per cent– of all eligible voters in Nigeria, participated in the 2023 presidential election. These figures from credible media organizations showed that the people who voted are more than 20 million.

Claim II: Buba Galadima claimed the NNPP logo was ‘malfaced and unrecognisable’

Verdict: True


There were several reports from NNPP in Anambra State, where Helen Mbakwe, the party’s senatorial candidate for Anambra Central, said she lost the election due to the blurred logo of the party on the ballot papers. Similarly, the Nasarawa West senatorial candidate of the NNPP in the presidential and National Assembly elections, Wakili Kabiru-Muhammad, has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to the Election Tribunal over the alleged omission of the party’s logo in Nasarrawa State.

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