Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in last Saturday’s election, Atiku Abubakar, has rejected the result of the poll as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday morning.
He has headed to court to seek redress. In a statement he issued to express his displeasure, the candidate said ‘’One obvious red flag is 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% less than what they were in 2015?
Another glaring anomaly is the disruption of voting in strongholds of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and diverse other states, with the authorities doing little or nothing and in some cases facilitating these unfortunate situations. (See attached links to documentary evidences).’’
Rainbowradioonline.com has gathered that, Atiku maybe sworn in as president should he provide sufficient evidence to support his rigging claim.
Our sources say if the party is able to sufficiently prove that, the election was rigged, he may have the ruling in his favour.
The source also told us that, ‘’There are two possible options, the court could request for a re-run in some contentious areas, or order the other party (opposition) to be sworn in.
In Nigeria, when a petition is raised against an election, there are 4 possible outcomes: If the election is declared void, the result is quashed and a fresh election is held; If the election is said to have been unduly conducted: the original election is quashed and another candidate is declared to have been elected; If the election is upheld and the member returned is found to have been duly elected, the petition is withdrawn. This may occur when the petitioner fails to attend a hearing or withdraws his his/her petition,’’ the website gathered.
In the case of Nigeria, the Supreme Court is the last point of call for all cases. If any party in the presidential election is dissatisfied with the ruling of the Appeals Court, they are allowed to seek for further redress at the Supreme court
INEC had declared President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress as winner of the election and returned him as duly elected.
Mr Buhari, according to the electoral body, scored 15,191,847 votes. Mr Abubakar garnered 11,262,978 votes to finish as runner-up.