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PDP supporters protest election outcome in Abuja, march to INEC office

The PDP presidential candidate had on Thursday slammed INEC over the conduct of the  elections, saying the umpire’s inability to upload results on IReV is a “rape of democracy”.

The supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have gathered for a protest at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja.

The protest, which we learnt would be led by the party’s leadership is part of the party’s stance that the just-concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections were not transparent.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Bola Tinubu polled 8,794,726 and was declared President-Elect 4am Wednesday by INEC.

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 Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), who, in less than a year, galvanised young voters in a manner some have described as unprecedented finished the race with 6,101,533.

‘A Rape Of Democracy’

Atiku, on Thursday, slammed INEC over the conduct of the  elections, saying the umpire’s inability to upload results on IReV is a “rape of democracy”.

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“The weekend election was neither free nor fair. Preliminary assessments indicate that it is the worst conducted elections since the return to democratic rule. The manipulation and fraud that attended this election were unprecedented in the history of our nation,” the former vice president said.

He vowed to challenge the outcome of the election and believes the judiciary will do justice to the matter.

“Having consulted with leaders of our party and Nigerians from different walks of life, I have come to the conclusion that the processes and outcome of the Presidential and National Assembly election of last Saturday were grossly flawed in every material particular, and as such must be challenged. This has been attested to by both local and international observers,” he said.

“I want to believe that this was not the legacy that President Muhammadu Buhari had promised. For President Buhari, it is not too late to make amends for the good of our country and future generations and indeed to assure his legacy.”

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