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Buhari Gets Certificate Of Return …As Atiku Rejects Result, Proceeds To Tribunal

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has presented President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo their Certificates of Return following their victory at the presidential election last Saturday.

The certificates were issued to them at the International Conference Center, ICC, in Abuja by the Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had on Wednesday morning declared the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election.

Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu made the declaration on Wednesday morning at the ICC Collation centre in Abuja.This follows the official announcement of results from 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by the commission.

Buhari polled a total of 15,191,847 votes, compared to the 11,262,978 votes recorded by Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

While Atiku had gained more votes, winning the incumbent President with wide margins in States in the South East and South-South, Buhari gathered insurmountable strength in the North.

A total of 73 presidential candidates participated in the election which held on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) , Atiku Abubakar, has rejected the announced result of the election, saying he will be challenging it in court.

 Abubakar in a statement he personally signed, said that it was clear that there were premeditated malpractices in many states which negates the results announced.

The PDP had also refused to sign the election result.

Abubakar said one obvious red flag in the election was the statistical impossibility of states ravaged by the war on terror generating much higher voter turnouts than peaceful states.

 “The suppressed votes in my strongholds are so apparent and amateurish, that I am ashamed as a Nigerian that such could be allowed to happen. How can total votes in Akwa-Ibom, for instance, be 50 per cent less than what they were in 2015? “

Another glaring anomaly is the disruption of voting in strongholds of the PDP in Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and diverse other states, with the authorities doing little or nothing and in some cases facilitating these unfortunate situations.”

Abubakar said that the militarsation of the electoral process was a disservice to Nigeria’s democracy and a throwback to the jackboot era of military dictatorship.

He said that in some areas of the country, such as, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Imo states, troops deployed for the elections turned their guns on the citizens they were meant to protect, saying this is condemnable and should not be associated with our electoral process in the future.

“I am a democrat and there are democratic avenues available to present the truth to the nation and the watching world. Already, many international observers have given their verdicts, which corroborate our observations.”

“I am sure more will come in the coming hours and days. “If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victor within seconds of my being aware of his victory to offer not just my congratulations, but my services to help unite Nigeria by being a bridge between the North and the South.”

“However, in my democratic struggles for the past three decades, I have never seen our democracy so debased as it was on Saturday, Feb. 23. “Year 2007 was a challenge, but President Yar’Adua was remorseful.

In 2019, it is sad to see those who trampled on democracy thumping their noses down on the Nigerian people. Consequently, I hereby reject the result of the Feb. 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court.” He declared.

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