The aftermath of the presidential elections in Nigeria continues to stir up controversy as the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has called for the cancellation of the election results. According to Atiku, the supporters of President-elect Bola Tinubu were responsible for causing violence during the polls, and he alleges that this was done to manipulate the outcome of the election.
Atiku, who had earlier claimed victory in the election, pointed to Tinubu’s campaign team’s admission of rigging as proof of irregularities during the election. He specifically cited the southeast region as an area where electoral malpractice was widespread, and he called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to investigate and address these issues.
In a statement released by his spokesman, Phrank Shaibu, Atiku expressed his disappointment at Tinubu’s campaign team’s behavior, which he referred to as “ridiculing Nigerians” despite allegedly stealing the people’s mandate. Atiku also noted that Tinubu’s loss in Lagos, a state he had long controlled, was evidence that Nigerians did not support him.
The call for the cancellation of the election results has stirred up emotions among the two major political parties in the country, with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) accusing the PDP of trying to undermine the electoral process. As the nation awaits the decision of the INEC on Atiku’s petition, the tension in the country remains palpable.