Obasanjo berates INEC chairman; demands fresh Nigeria elections March 4


Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo has called on the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare some of the results of Saturday’s elections null and void and hold fresh elections on March 4.

He said some of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) devices and the servers introduced for the elections have been manipulated while some officials of INEC were compromised by “blood money”.

He said the situation has cast doubt on some results being transmitted, putting Nigeria on the precipice of disaster.

“Let me appeal to the Chairman of INEC, if his hands are clean, to save Nigeria from the looming danger and disaster which is just waiting to happen.

“If the Chairman can postpone elections four days to the election, he can do everything to rectify the errors of the last two days – no BVAS, no result to be acceptable; and no upload through Server, no result to be acceptable,” former President Obasanjo told journalists on Monday, February 27.

He, then, took on Professor Mahmood Yakubu and advised President Muhammadu Buhari to commit to his pledge to hand over a peaceful country to the next leader.

“Chairman INEC, I have thought that you would use this opportunity to mend your reputation and character for posterity.

“Your Excellency, President Buhari Muhammadu, tension is building up and please let all elections that do not pass the credibility and transparency test be cancelled and be brought back with areas where elections were disrupted for next Saturday, March 4, 2023, and BVAS and Server officials be changed.

“To know which stations or polling units were manipulated, let a committee of INEC staff and representatives of the four major political parties with the Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association look into what must be dine to have a hitch-free elections next Saturday,

“Mr President, may your plan and hope for leaving a legacy of free, fair, transparent and credible election be realised.”

He also asked Nigerians to exercise patience as the wrongs are rectified.


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