Nigeria’s fundamental opposition events are calling for contemporary elections, describing outcomes at present being introduced by electoral physique as “heavily doctored and manipulated,” in a joint press convention within the capital, Abuja.
They mentioned their events would not be a part of the continuing collation course of within the capital Abuja and added they’d misplaced confidence within the electoral physique Chairman Mahmood Yakubu, mentioned a joint assertion from the Peoples Democratic Party, Labour Party, and African Democratic Congress in Abuja on Tuesday.
The events referred to as for brand spanking new polls to be held below a brand new chairman for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“We call on the international community to note that the results being declared at the National Collation centre have been heavily doctored and manipulated and do not reflect the wishes of Nigerians expressed at the polls on February 25, 2023,” they mentioned.
The election course of has been dogged with controversy, and the announcement on the nationwide collation middle in Abuja has seen some tense moments, with opposition celebration members strolling out of the collation middle because the outcomes have been being introduced Monday.
Several observers together with the European Union have mentioned the election fell in need of expectations and “lacked transparency.”
“The election fell well short of Nigerian citizens’ reasonable expectations,” mentioned a joint observer mission of the International Republican Institute (IRI) and National Democratic Institute (NDI).
Ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) celebration candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu is up to now main the race with practically half of the vote already tallied Tuesday, in keeping with the nation’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) outcomes.
23 out of 36 states have declared their outcomes at state stage. The main opposition celebration PDP’s Atiku Abubakar is in second place, in keeping with INEC figures.
Despite his shock win over Tinubu on his house turf in Lagos State, Peter Obi, the much-touted ‘third force’ candidate is trailing in third place.
According to INEC’s iRev outcomes portal, 83.798 out of 176.846 polling items have submitted their outcomes.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was additionally amongst those that have criticized the electoral course of in a strongly-worded letter late Monday the place he alleged outcomes had been doctored.
But the federal government warned him to not truncate the elections with “his inciting, self-serving and provocative letter on the elections,” in a assertion from Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed.
APC has nonetheless dismissed Obasanjo’s allegations as “frivolous, unfounded, and baseless,” emphasizing that the previous chief didn’t supply any proof to again up his claims that the electoral know-how was manipulated.
APC blasted Obasanjo’s assertion as tantamount to “subtly calling” for “a coup against democracy and the constitution.”
The celebration acknowledged Tinubu’s loss in his stronghold state of Lagos and questioned Obasanjo’s queries into the result.
INEC in the meantime continues to announce outcomes coming in, regardless of the criticism of the fee.
Meanwhile Yakubu requested any candidate with complaints to hunt redress within the courts throughout a outcomes announcement in Abuja Monday.
Yakubu says he plans to proceed with outcomes announcement regardless of complaints.
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