Saraki makes false claims about voting population

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In a post which was retrieved from Facebook on the 5th of March 2022, former president of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a presidential aspirant under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on the 22nd of February in a post on his verified Facebook page made claims about the statistics of the voting population in the country.

Dr. Bukola Saraki was the president of the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between  2015 and 2019.

On the 25th of January, he declared on his Facebook page his intention to contest for the Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,  the ICIR had reported.

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CLAIM 1

Women hold more than 50% of the  voting population.

THE FINDINGS

Finding by The FactCheckHub shows that the claim is false.

According to the voters statistics available on the official website of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the body responsible for all electoral matters in the country, it states clearly, that women hold 47.1% of the total voting population of the country, while men hold 52.9%.

This is further confirmed in the data request response from the office of the INEC Chairman which shows that registered women voters are 39,598,645 million of the total 84,004,084 million registered voters.

THE VERDICT

Claim by Saraki that women hold more than 50% of the voting population is false.

 

CLAIM 2

Youths under 25 years old hold more than 70% of the voting population.

THE FINDINGS

Finding by The FactCheckHub shows that this claim is also false.

In the data statistics report gotten from the office of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), registered youths under the age of 25 years old (18-24) amount to a total of 9,016,686 million across the 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory.

This implies that youths under 25 years old hold only 10.7% of the total voting population of 84,004,084million.

THE VERDICT

Claim by Saraki that under 25 years old youths hold more than 70% of the voting population is false.

 

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