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Nigeria’s election: ‘A courtroom case is inevitable’, political activist says

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The INEC declared Bola Ahmed Tinubu winner of Nigeria’s presidential elections final evening, regardless of many accusations of rigging. He addressed his supporters and appealed for reconciliation together with his rivals. Is unity potential on this context? 

Kunle Lawal, Government Director of Electoral Faculty Nigeria, spoke with Information editor Bridget Ugwe.

“Will probably be inevitable that this has been taken to courtroom already, or it is on its technique to courtroom, if not already taken to courtroom by the 2 main opposition candidates : that is the candidate Atiku Abubakar of the PDP and Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Occasion.

It’s past comprehension that some anomalies have been allowed and the winner was nonetheless introduced. There have been a variety of hotspots of violence, individuals being troncated or disenfranchised. There have been even conditions the place studies got for polling items, the place no voting occurred however the election outcomes have been there.

So trying into the subsequent 24 hours will really be very severe. And Nigeria is sort of tense now on all sides. I consider it’s proper for the APC candidate Bola Tinubu to stretch out a department of peace. However peace can by no means be. Like I stated earlier, however peace can by no means be gotten on such electoral misnomers, and I feel the Nigerian individuals are very damage proper now.

So I feel there can be clearly a courtroom case, or numerous courtroom circumstances. INEC has 7 days by which the tribunal has to assessment the election I can recall in line with the Electoral Act 20.22, so we have to watch and see what occurs that.”