NIGERIA DECIDES 2019 : Atiku claims victory ahead of official announcement
Atiku Abubakar, one of the leading candidates in the Nigerian general elections held on the 23rd of February, 2019 has claimed victory ahead of official announcements by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement issued on Sunday evening said the INEC must immediately announce results as delivered from the polling units and declare Atiku Abubakar the winner of the February 23 Presidential election. The statement further warned “Anything short of this is not acceptable to Nigerians, who had already expressed their wishes and aspiration at the polls.”
President Muhammadu Buhari, 76, is seeking a second term. His main challenger is former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, 72.
The election had been due last week but was delayed at the last minute.
Whoever wins in Africa’s most populous nation and largest economy will have to address power shortages, corruption, security threats, and an economic slowdown.
President Buhari cast his ballot in his hometown of Daura in the northern state of Katsina. Asked if he would congratulate his rival if he lost, he said: “I will congratulate myself.”
Mr Abubakar, a business tycoon, is claiming victory.
The final results are not expected until Monday at the earliest.
Read the full Statement Below
February 24, 2019
PDP To INEC: Declare Atiku Winner Now
…Alerts That Buhari, APC Are Seeking To Alter Results
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charges the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately announce results as delivered from the polling units and declare the people’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, the winner of the February 23 Presidential election
Our position is predicated on clear and verifiable results across the nation, showing that Atiku Abubakar is in clear lead both in spread and total number of votes cast.
Intelligence available to us is that INEC is delaying the announcement of results following directives by the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC), which are bent on altering the figures from the polling centers and allocate fictitious figures for President Muhammadu Buhari, particularly in northern states.
Curiously, INEC server is now shut down, results are no more being transmitted and the reason is to enable the APC to inflate figures from six designated states.
We call on international observers and election monitors to insist on a transparent process of transmission of results and the monitoring thereof.
We already have reports of how APC governors in the northern states have been making desperate effort to tamper with the results of the elections in their respective states with the view to award conjured votes to President Buhari.
In Kogi state, Governor Yahaya Bello has been making frantic moves to change results to suit APC’s intent and purposes as against the wishes of the people, expressly delivered at the polls.
Nigerians already know how the Minister of Transportation and the Director-General of the Buhari Campaign, Rotimi Amaechi, used the military to hold an INEC official in River state, Mrs. Mary Efeturi, hostage and insisted that she will not be released until she alters the results in favour of President Buhari
The PDP calls on INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to note that in this age of Information Communication Technology, Nigerians already have the results as delivered at the polling centers and any attempt to alter any figure will be faced with vehement resistance.
In delaying the announcement of the results, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu is allowing the APC to turn him into a villain and directly pitching him against the people. He should therefore extricate himself from the rejected APC and be on the side of the people, by immediately announcing the results as already delivered at the polling units and declare, the people’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, the winner.
Anything short of this is not acceptable to Nigerians, who had already expressed their wishes and aspiration at the polls.
National Publicity Secretary
Director, Media & Publicity
PDP Presidential Campaign Organization