In the history of presidential elections in Nigeria, the 2019 election turned out to be one of the most keenly contested, according to observers and political analysts. One of the reasons attributed to this is that the two main contenders are both Muslims with huge following in the North, which according to INEC, is the region with higher number of voters. It is no longer news that the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku, has not accepted the results of the presidential elections and has remained adamant to concede defeat to Buhari.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has urged members of the southern and middle belt elders forum to support him as he seeks redress in court over the results of the presidential election. He said he was confident that justice will be served and therefore, asked them not to despair. Atiku made the appeal during a closed-door meeting with the forum at the home of elder statesman Chief Edwin Clark in Abuja, while also reiterating his commitment to restructuring.
“We have filed our petition before the Tribunal because we believe this is a mandate that has been stolen from the Nigerian people and I believe that the court will do justice to this case. We still have confidence in our courts of law and we believe justice will be done.”
In the same vein, the Chairman of the Forum, Chief Edwin Clark insists that restructuring is the only guarantee for Nigeria’s unity.
It would be recalled that on February 27, INEC declared that Mr Buhari won the election in 19 states with a total of 15,191,847 votes to defeat Mr Abubakar, who won the election in 18 states polling a total of 11,262,978 votes.
However, Mr Abubakar has claimed that the “true, actual and correct” results upon state by state computation pitched him as the winner in 21 states, excluding the results from Rivers State, which he said was not available on INEC’s server as at February 25, when the computation was made.
He, thus, claims that Mr Buhari only won the election in 15 states. Mr Abubakar said the “state to state computation” showed that he polled a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Mr Buhari whom he said scored 16,741,430 votes.