The Illusion of Free and Fair Elections: Nigeria Opposition Cry Vote Fraud like American Democrats as Buhari take early lead

By Chris Zumani Zimba

105332385-1531754604468rtx6bmp1.530x298Two days after the vote, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) started releasing final results of the February 23 presidential poll that pits incumbent Muhammadu Buhari against main opposition candidate and ex-veep Atiku Abubakar.

But the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP under Abubakar has contested and denounced the initial verified results being announced by the elections body, INEC, in the capital Abuja.

At a press conference in the capital Abuja on Monday, PDP Chairman Uche Secondus said: “All results currently been announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is incorrect, this is unacceptable to our party and the people”…“Secondly, officials of both President Buhari’s government and All Progressive Congress, APC, working with INEC officers, have tried to alter the course of history and disenfranchise our people through the cancellation and manipulation of figures for results already announced at polling units,” Mr.Secondus added.

After results in eight diverse states were released Buhari had won six as against Atiku’s two. In real figures, Buhari has 2,490,369 votes with Atiku having garnered 1,806,029 votes, status which PDP is brutally and totally refusing.

What is shocking is the response from PDP especially against INEC and the ruling party coalition. It seems they dreamt of very clean, free, fair and credible elections with more than 73 million Nigerian voters against 70 presidential candidates with their famous high levels of political greed, corruption, youth unemployment, poverty and hunger. This is a dead hoax and political illusion that only exists on their minds and not in electoral reality anywhere; maybe Abubakar and camp should phone and ask their counterparts in United Stated of America, the Democrats who are still crying to fetch spilled water under the bridge against President Donald Trump, the Republicans and ‘the big Russians’.

Nigeria’s electoral commission chair Mahmood Yakubu confirmed that the presidential and national vote last Saturday was generally peaceful where nearly 73 million eligible voters cast their ballots from a pool of more than 70 presidential candidates in an election which was postponed a week ago, just hours before it was due to begin, due to logistics. As there are more states to be counted and results announced between Tuesday and Wednesday or so, this is widely expected to be a tight presidential race between President Muhammadu Buhari and businessman Atiku Abubakar.

Chris Zumani Zimba is a prolific Political Scientist, Analyst, Author, Blogger, PhD Scholar, Researcher and Consultant. Besides being the CEO and Managing Consultant at Chrizzima Democracy University (CDU) in Zambia, he analyses African politics weekly on Voice of the Cape Radio, South Africa every Wednesday at 16:20hours CAT. So far, he has authored more than 10 political and academic books as well as published over 100 well researched articles. Sometimes, he lectures Political Science-Part Time with University of Zambia (UNZA) and University of Lusaka (UNILUS) outside his usual commitments.


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