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Nigeria: Buhari Reelected, Atiku Heads To Court, INEC Set For Rituals At 2 PM.

By Tina Nganda – Wednesday February 27, 2019.

Nigeria: Buhari Reelected, Atiku Heads To Court, INEC Set For Rituals At 2 PM.

General elections in Nigeria, a West African country have held, Saturday, February 23, 2019, postponed from February 16, 2019, to elect the President, Vice President, and the National Assembly. But deferrals and violence characterized the exercise with announcements of results done for two days.

Atiku Abubakar’s party has rejected the results. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) rejected the presidential and parliamentary election results even before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the country’s elections body could finish its announcements.

A party bigwig has told National Telegraph that the PDP might challenge the results in court, citing irregularities. The National Chair of PDP, Uche Secondus, had declared the results announced by INEC have been overblown to favour the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari.

This must now be resisted by every well-meaning Nigerian. “INEC must live up to its responsibility. They are under pressure. We have the facts and when the time comes, we begin to release them.”, he has declared, suggesting they would fight it up to any level.

Buhari’s camp has however rejected any link to elections fraud. Buhari has now moved to the Party’s headquarters in Abuja where he has addressed the campaign team. Sitting beside Yemi Osinbajo, the country’s Vice President, Buhari while addressing his team, said; “Nigerians are happy because the economy will improve”

Results recorded from the country’s thirty-six (36) states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) show the All Progressives Congress (APC)of the incumbent earned 15,191,847 of the votes as against 11,262,978 for the main opposition party; The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of Atiku Abubakar.

Buhari would be handed over power at 2 PM, Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Analysts are suggesting Atiku should talk of an inclusive government. Many hold that Atiku’s PDP would never see the light in court. Many say President Buhari had suspended the country’s Chief Justice, Walter Samuel Onnoghen to ensure even if there are irregularities, the results wouldn’t be annulled.

Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad is a Buhari loyalist who has replaced
Onnoghen in the hope that results be maintained as declared by INEC. Violent scenes are said to have occurred and some 39 persons died. The Nigerian police also confirmed the arrests of 128 persons following election-related issues.

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