By Suleiman Adamu
Winner of the widely disputed February 23, 2019 presidential election and incumbent Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a letter to the members of the International Community (AU, EU, US) begging them to force his main challenger and former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar to concede defeat.
This call coming from a regime that has threatened to send any foreigner who intervened in the country’s internal political affairs back to his country in ‘body bags’ amounts to a double speak.
Nigeria’s presidential and parliamentary polls were marred by bloodshed and snatching of ballot boxes, collation materials and election result sheets, as well as abduction of collation officers by troops purportedly deployed by President Buhari, albeit unconstitutionally, to extra judicially murder suspected ballot box snatchers, according to a report by local observers.
However, Atiku Abubakar, flagbearer of Nigeria’s leading opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has vowed to challenge the results declared by the country’s electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Court.
According to Mr Abubakar, the results declared by INEC were at variance with those declared and transmitted electronically to INEC’s server by the polling officers at all the 119,973 polling units across the country.
Atiku explained that the results as declared by polling officer at the polling units were also transmitted electronically and immediately to PDP’s server and collated using the party’s high tech cloud backed Simultaneous Vote Count (SVC) which confirmed his party won.
However, President Buhari, would not want them to challenge the outcome in Court citing reasons which are contained in a statement issued by his campaign organization. The text of the statement reads:
“We are writing to inform you of the undemocratic tendencies of the presidential candidate of the main opposition party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, who has chosen to take the electoral process in Nigeria backward after a peaceful and credible presidential and National Assembly elections conducted penultimate Saturday.
“In spite of reports by foreign observers acknowledging the polls as free, fair and peaceful, the opposition party and its candidate have chosen to discredit the entire process and make the Observation Missions look as if they are biased in their assessment of the just concluded presidential poll.
“Apart from blatantly refusing to congratulate the winner of the said poll, President Muhammadu Buhari, the PDP and its candidate have taken the battle to court, apparently to cause distractions with a view to slowing down the wheels of governance in the country.
“The PDP is still inciting the Nigerian public against the government of the day, irrespective of the fact that President Buhari had been magnanimous in victory. He has pledged to run an all-inclusive government and has even urged us, his supporters, not to gloat or humiliate the opposition, an enjoinder we have adhered strictly to the letter.
“We deem it fit to draw your attention to this brazen attempt to frustrate the democratic process, hoping that you will intervene by calling the PDP and its presidential candidate to order and ensure that the tenets of democracy are adhered to in the ongoing electoral process in Nigeria.
“Atiku should follow former President Goodluck Jonathan’s example. Nobody’s life should be sacrificed for any politician’s ambition. He should abide by the agreement signed by all presidential candidates with the National Peace Committee to accept the results of the just concluded presidential poll in good faith.
“Nigeria has, in the past witnessed enough shedding of the blood of innocent Nigerians. If Atiku wants to help Nigerians, he should work with the Buhari-led government for a prosperous nation. He should not set Nigeria aflame with his inordinate ambition and insatiable thirst for power.”