2023 presidential election: Did Buhari vote for Peter Obi? Fact emerges
As counting and collation of results continue in the 2023 presidential election, there is a trending claim that President Muhammadu Buhari voted for the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Buhari belongs to the All Progressives Congress (APC) whose presidential candidate is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Before the elections, there had been allegations that Buhari was not backing Tinubu’s presidential bid.
However, the president debunked the claim and reiterated his support for the APC presidential candidate.
Nevertheless, on Saturday, February 25 when the presidential election was held, a video circulating on social media showed the moment President Buhari allegedly voted for the Labour Party flag bearer, Obi.
Did Buhari truly vote for Peter Obi?
After voting on Saturday in Daura, Katsina state, President Buhari showed off his ballot papers.
Screenshots from the video obtained by the Nigerian Fact-checkers’ Coalition (NFC) showed that the president voted for the APC presidential candidate, Tinubu.
The clearer versions of the pictures were also found here.
Similarly, presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu said in a thread of tweets that Buhari said he voted for Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the APC.
Read the statement released by Shehu:
“In rare show of loyalty, President Muhammadu Buhari Saturday in Daura, Katsina State, displayed his ballot paper, with thumb print for All Progressives Congress’ (APC) Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, saying after campaigning for the political leader in many parts of the country, he has reaffirmed on his preferred successor.
President Buhari, who cast his vote alongside his wife, Mrs Aisha Buhari, & other family members, at Ward A, Sarkin Yara Polling Unit, 003, said it was a pity that only one female emerged as gubernatorial candidate of the APC, Aisha Ahmed Binani, urging support for the candidate.
The President assured that he had always supported the candidature of Asiwaju Tinubu, and the show of his ballot paper to the media and the public further shows his commitment to the party and the national leader.
“I am very impressed because I have seen how the people turned up. I am very impressed and very happy. Well, the candidate I voted for I have already mentioned him in many states in Nasarawa, Katsina and Sokoto.
“All over the places I mentioned my favourite candidate, Asiwaju Tinubu, and I believe my constituency will elect him 100 percent,’’ he said.
President Buhari advised Nigerians to ensure that their rights to vote were always respected.
“Nigerians should make sure that they are respected; that means that the candidate they want to vote for they are allowed to vote for him.
“It is a pity there is only one female candidate from Adamawa State so the electorate should kindly follow our party,’’ he added.
Asked how he felt that it was the first time since 2003 that he was not on the ballot paper, the President said, “it is very exciting. I look at those who are competing and some of them are so agitated and they didn’t know that I tried three times and ended up in the Supreme Court three times. “The fourth time I said ‘God dey’ and God sent technology, Permanent Voters Card, so no fraudulent person can claim anything,’’ he stated.
According to the President, “APC will win, from Daura to Lagos.’’ The President’s family members and staff also voted at the polling unit.”