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APC Govt Turning Nigeria To One-Party State, Election Waste Of Resources – Momodu

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Dele Momodu, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, is turning Nigeria into a one-party state, adding that the just concluded presidential election was a waste of taxpayers’ resources.

Momodu, a campaigner for PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, said the APC administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari should have told Nigerians that the APC is not ready to go and not have bothered itself to conduct an election.

“Last Saturday was another sad day for our country,” Momodu, a Director of Strategic Communications of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council spoke on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily breakfast show on Thursday, March 2, 2023.

He said the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, failed to deliver on its promises, especially on the Bimodal Voter Registration System, BVAS, and an on-time transmission of results through its Result Viewing Portal, IReV.

“It was a day Nigerians were supposed to get it right. There were so much drama and melodrama and promises upon promises, BVAS will be a game-changer, but what we witnessed was a charade,” he stated.

The PDP chieftain described the February 25, 2023, presidential election as one of Nigeria’s worst elections since the First Republic.

Momodu said, “One of our worst elections took place in 1983. In 1993 we had our best elections, it was killed. Now in 2023, we were much worse than we were in 1983, a year you could called an analog era.

“So, with all the billions, if not trillions wasted on this election, we must as well as told Nigerians: APC is not ready to go; we don’t need an election. We are turning Nigeria to a one-party state.

“I’m sure in our usual docility, we would agree but to waste all that money, waste peoples’ time? I pity the young people the most; they came out, they had faith, they had hope in their country and they came out and they dashed that hope instead of renewed hope.

“So, for us, the election was a complete waste of resources.”

He said INEC results did not tally with what PDP agents filed from the polling units.

The electoral umpire about 4am on Wednesday declared APC’s Bola Tinubu as the President-elect.

The former Lagos State governor came out tops in 12 of Nigeria’s 36 states, and secured significant numbers in several other states to claim the highest number of votes — 8,794,726, almost two million votes more than his closest rival — former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the PDP.

Atiku, 76, who has now run for president six times, got 6,984,520 votes, while the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, who, in less than a year, galvanised young voters in a manner some have described as unprecedented finished the race with 6,101,533.

By his victory, APC’s President Muhammadu Buhari will hand over to his partyman, Tinubu after the expiration of his eight-year two-term on May 29, 2023.

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A Nigerian opposition party has said it will launch a legal challenge after Bola Ahmed Tinubu was on Wednesday declared the winner of Nigeria’s controversial presidential elections.

Tinubu, 70, represents the ruling All Progressives Congress party, which received close to 8.8 million votes – about 36.6% of the total, according to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman Mahmood Yakubu.

He defeated vice president Atiku Abubakar of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and a third leading candidate Peter Obi, who gained popularity among young people with his lesser-known Labour Party.

“We won this election as Labour Party, we are going to claim our mandate as Labour Party,” said Datti-Baba Ahmad, the party’s Vice Presidential candidate.

Obi is yet to comment on the official results.

However, Ndi Kato, Labour Party’s presidential campaign spokesperson told CNN on Wednesday: “We are defiant. The elections were rigged.”

In his acceptance speech, Tinubu struck a conciliatory tone, asking his opponents “to team up together.”

“It (Nigeria) is the only nation we have. It is one country, and we must build together. Let’s work together to put broken pieces together,” he said.

Tinubu also thanked voters and said he was “profoundly humbled.”

“This is a shining moment in the life of any man and an affirmation of our democratic existence,” he said. “I represent a promise and with your support, I know that promise will be fulfilled.”

Videos from the capital Abuja showed Tinubu’s supporters cheering and celebrating the win.

Kingmaker turned king

Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos state, represents the same party as outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari, who Tinubu said he helped propel to the top seat in 2015.

After decades spent behind the scenes, Tinubu launched his campaign for the presidency with the motto: “It’s my turn.”

He will become Nigeria’s fifth elected president since 1999, winning the race for the country’s top job on his first attempt.

Buhari congratulated his soon-to-be successor in a statement Wednesday, calling him “the best person for the job.”

Vote counting since Saturday’s polls has been vehemently challenged by many who allege the process has been marred by corruption and technical failures. On Tuesday, the country’s main opposition parties described the results of the election as “heavily doctored and manipulated” in a joint news conference.

They said they had lost confidence in Yakubu, the electoral body chairman, and that the results “do not reflect the wishes of Nigerians.”

The INEC has rejected the calls for a fresh vote , with one spokesperson insisting the election process had been “free, fair and credible.”

In his speech, Tinubu also commended the INEC for “running a credible election no matter what anybody says.”

But several observers, including the European Union, have also criticized the election for lacking transparency.

“The election fell well short of Nigerian citizens’ reasonable expectations,” said a joint observer mission of the International Republican Institute (IRI) and National Democratic Institute (NDI).

Low voter turn out

This election is one of the most fiercely contested since the country returned to democratic rule in 1999, with more than 93 million people registered to vote, according to the INEC.

But Yakubu said on Wednesday that 24 million valid votes were counted, representing a turnout of just 26%. This was much lower out than the last elections in 2019 when around a third of registered voters ended up voting.

“We suspect the low turnout is attributed to the naira scarcity, which made it difficult for people to travel to their states to vote, voter suppression and issues related to unprinted PVCs (permanent voters card),” Samson Itodo from election Yiaga Africa told CNN in a statement.

Political analyst Remi Adekoya said it was a failing in democracy.

“It would appear the majority of Nigerians simply don’t believe their vote can change anything fundamental in how Nigeria works,” he said.”That is bad news for any democracy and reduces pressure on elected officials to deliver. Unfortunately, the shambolic conduct of these elections in many places will not help that situation. Many Nigerians are even less likely to believe in the democratic process now, running the risk of the country becoming a democracy in name only.”

Source: ChannelsTV

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