On Wednesday, July 6, 2022, a Nigerian Social Critic and former presidential aide, Reno Omokri made two claims through his verified Twitter handle @renoomokri. ROUNDCHECK analyzed these claims and figured out one of them is INCORRECT.
Reno Omokri’s exact statement was:
“When you attack Kwankwaso on Channels, you are not attacking one man. You attack Kano’s 5.8 million registered voters. Even if you disagree with his comments, why attack him? Give a superior argument, not an attack! Kano voters had 8% of the entire 2019 election”
This tweet had 315 retweets, 174 quote tweets, and 2,063 likes as of the time of writing this report.
For better understanding, ROUNDCHECK will highlight the claims in Reno’s tweet.
1) “You attack Kano’s 5.8 million registered voters.”
This implies that Reno Omokri is claiming that Kano has 5.8 million registered voters.
2) “Kano had 8% of the entire 2019 elections.”
Reno Omokri is claiming that in the last Nigeria general election held in 2019, Kano had 8% of the entire votes counted.
Claims and Verdicts
1) You attack Kano’s 5.8 million registered voters.
In a report dated Jan 8, 2019, and published on Premium Times, the voter register presented by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to party leaders showed that Lagos and Kano State have the highest number of registered voters with 6, 570,291 million and 5, 457,747 million respectively.
ROUNDCHECK findings revealed that as of July 4, 2022, Kano has a total of 369,651 new voters registrations, an increase from the 5.45 million voters in 2019, increasing the total registered voters in Kano to 5.83 million (5,827,398).
ROUNDCHECK can conclude that the claim that Kano has 5.8m registered voters is TRUE.
2) Kano had 8% of the entire vote in the 2019 elections.
Muhammadu Buhari from the All Progressives Congress (APC) was been re-elected Nigeria’s president on Saturday, 23 February in the 2019 general election, defeating Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) after winning in 19 of the 36 states
In the general election, INEC recorded a total valid vote of 27,324,583, made up of 73 political parties.
ROUNDCHECK calculated the results using an online calculator and discovered that out of 27,324,583 valid votes, the percentage of 1,891,134 (Kano total valid votes) will be 6.9209985747998% (It becomes 6.9% when approximated)
Therefore, the claim that Kano had 8% votes in the entire 2019 elections is INCORRECT. The total percentage of Kano votes in the 2019 general election is 6.9 percent.
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