Nigeria election: Atiku Abubakar rejects Muhammadu Buhari’s victory
The runner-up in Nigeria’s presidential election has rejected the result as a “throwback to the jackboot era of military dictatorship”.Atiku Abubakar criticised what he called a “sham election” and has vowed to go to court.President Muhammadu Buhari, who was re-elected in Saturday’s poll, insisted that it had been free and fair.Delays and violence marred the run-up to the election but no independent observer has cited electoral fraud.In the 1980s, Mr Buhari, 76, was one of several military rulers in Nigeria and this election marks the 20th anniversary of the return to civilian rule.
Mr Buhari got 15.2 million votes while Mr Abubakar received 11.3 million.Turnout was a record low at just 35.6% and Mr Abubakar, 72, said this was the result of a deliberate policy to prevent his supporters from voting.He said that troops had been deployed to strongholds of his People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to stop people casting their ballots.Mr Abubakar said there had been “premeditated malpractices” in many states and wondered how states “ravaged” by the Islamist insurgency – in Mr Buhari’s strongholds in the north – generated higher voter turnouts than more peaceful states.”How can total votes in Akwa-Ibom, for instance, be 50% less than what they were in 2015?” he asked in his statement.
As he accepted his official certificate of election at the Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) in the capital, Abuja, he said the election was “another milestone in Nigeria’s democratic development” reports the AFP news agency. “From the comment of several observers, both local and foreign, it is obvious that the elections were both free and fair,” he said.Earlier, he had urged his supporters not to “gloat or humiliate” the opposition following his victory.”No section or group will feel left behind or left out,” he promised.A former soldier, Mr Buhari Atiku Abubakar rejects President Buhari’s re-election, calling it a return to “military dictatorship” . News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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