A section of opposition political parties in the ongoing Presidential elections in Nigeria are now calling for a nullification of the exercise even before the official announcement of the results.
For instance, the Labour Party and the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are calling for the cancellation of the presidential results.
Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo who is supporting the Labour Party is leading the calls for results to be cancelled in all areas of the country where they believe were compromised.
“It is no secret that INEC officials, at the operational level, have been allegedly compromised to make what should have worked not work and to revert to the manual transmission of results which is manipulated and the results doctored,” Obasanjo said.
Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta who is leading the African Union Election Observers’ Mission (AUEOM) has urged candidates disputing the yet-to-announced results to use legal recourse in seeking Justus.
Uhuru who was addressing journalists on Tuesday, February 28, noted some isolated cases of violence, intimidation, vote buying, and other malpractices during the election.
He however urged all stakeholders to remain committed to the rule of law and democratic principles until the conclusion of the process.
“As the country awaits the announcement of results by INEC, the mission urges all stakeholders to remain committed to the rule of law and democratic principles until the conclusion of the process the mission further encourages any aggrieved party to use legal legally established channels to seek recourse,” Uhuru said.
According to a Reuters tally of provisional results announced by electoral officials in 25 of Nigeria’s 36 states, Tinubu leads with 36% or 7 million of the valid votes counted, with Atiku close behind with 30% or nearly 6 million valid votes. Obi has received 20% or about 3.8 million valid votes.