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Nigeria’s presidential race runner-up calls polls outcomes ‘a rape of democracy’

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The candidate of Nigeria’s foremost opposition social gathering known as the victory of the ruling social gathering’s contender at presidential polls “a rape of democracy” on Thursday (Mar. 2nd).

Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Occasion got here second with 6.9 million votes, behind Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress who polled over eight million votes, whereas Peter Obi of Labour got here third with 6.1 million votes.

“The goals and aspirations of Nigerians who braised all of the challenges to go and forged their vote on a Saturday twenty fifth February 2023 had been shattered by the conduct of Impartial Nationwide Election Fee (INEC) who failed woefully to reside as much as its exceptions,” he stated.

He known as the electoral fee’s publication of the outcomes as they stand a “rape of democracy”.

Insisting he nonetheless could not “perceive why the electoral umpire was in such a rush to conclude collation and announcement of the end result, given the variety of complaints and irregularities of bypassing of the BVAS (ed word. facial recognition process), failure of importing the IREV (ed word. end result importing system), and unprecedented cancellations and disfranchisement of thousands and thousands of voters in breach of the voters and the fee’s personal tips”, the polls had been “a rape of democracy.”

Abubakar stated he was consulting legal professionals to determine on his subsequent steps.

“Our legal professionals are finding out the outcomes of the election and we await their recommendation… and the social gathering will meet and we’ll determine the following line of motion,” he informed journalists.

Saturday’s election was Abubakar’s sixth unsuccessful try on the presidency.