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Nigerian opposition accuses electoral body of corruption

Nigerian opposition accuses electoral body of corruption

Abuja, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) The defeated candidate to the presidency of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar increased his campaign against the results of last February's elections and accused the National Electoral Commission (INEC) of corruption.

Abubakar, candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who came second in the voting with more than six million ballots, led a demonstration the day before in front of INEC headquarters that declared Bola Tinubu, of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the winner.

Leading demonstrators delivered to INEC a petition in which they argue that there was electoral fraud.

Although marked by a large abstention and difficulties with the transmission of data through the Internet and, according to opponents, by the disappearance of ballot boxes in voting centers, the Nigerian general elections took place in relative calm.

Abubakar’s accusations were shared by Peter Obi, of the Labor Party (LP) third in the vote count, who announced that he will present in court evidence of violations of the law by the electoral body and assured that he won the contest.

The chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, dismissed the allegations of the PDP and the LP, and assured that the elections were clean in spite of some isolated incidents, among them fights between partial candidates.

With an electoral roll of over 93 million registered voters, only 27% turned out, the lowest turnout in Nigeria’s history.


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