Did Atiku Abubakar Lost Own Polling Unit in 2019 Election?


By Quadri Yahya


A Twitter user, SportsDokita(Odogwu) posted a breakdown of statistics of results in the 2019 presidential election.

The user posted the statistics to state that Atiku Abubakar lost his polling unit in the last general election.


True, the breakdown of statistics results is correct. The claim that Atiku Abubakar lost his polling unit is also correct.

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On August 7, 2022, a Twitter user, SportsDokita(‎Odogwu) posted a breakdown of statistics of results in the 2019 presidential election.

The statistics showed the number of votes won by top contenders in the election.

The user and commenters stated that Atiku Abubakar has been a serial loser since the former Vice President joined the race in 1999.

Atiku will also be contesting in the 2023 presidential election under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party.

The tweets since surfacing online have garnered 153 retweets, 6 quote tweets and 335 likes.

FactCheckElection checks the claim to certify its authenticity and set the record straight, with the awareness that it is 194 days to the day Nigerians will again go to the polls to elect a new leader.


FactCheckElection conducted thorough research to certify the statistics circulating on Twitter.

The body charged with the compilation of election results in Nigeria is the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Although INEC did not have a breakdown of results of how the contenders won various local governments. However, credible media outlets published the results.

Checks by FactCheckElection showed that incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, who won the 2019 election, floored his close contender, Atiku Abubakar (PDP).

The APC candidate did not only win the final result but defeated the PDP candidate in Atiku’s polling unit.

FactCheckElection further checks revealed that other contenders; Omoyele Sowore of African Action Congress and Peter Obi, the running mate to Atiku both won their polling units.


FactCheckElection can conclude that the statistics showing how presidential candidates performed in 2019 presidential is correct.

Also, the claim that Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party lost his polling unit in the 2019 presidential election is true.‎

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