The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the ruling All Progressive Party’s Bolu Tinubu as President-elect in Nigeria.
The Saturday February 25 election was declared Wednesday dawn, March 1, projecting the 70-year-old man as winner of the polls after garnering 8.79 million votes.
The opposition Atiku Abubakar secured 6.98 million votes with Peter Obi getting 6.1 million of the ballots.
Meanwhile, the opposition People’s Democratic Party, Labour Party and a smaller party rejected the results.
“The results being declared at the National Collation centre have been heavily doctored and manipulated and do not reflect the wishes of Nigerians expressed at the polls,” they said in a joint statement.
INEC rejected the charge
“There are laid down procedures for aggrieved parties or candidates to follow when they are dissatisfied about the outcome of an election,” it said in a statement.
The election was also marred by violence in places, although not yet on the scale of previous ones.
The INEC had promised to upload results from each polling unit to its website but most units were unable to do so immediately, and thousands of results had yet to be uploaded.
That meant results had to be collated manually inside ward and local government counting centres as in previous polls, which observer missions also criticised as the result of poor planning.