Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo demanded on Monday that the results of last weekend’s presidential election be annulled because the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) failed.
Obasanjo made the call in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari titled “2023 Nigeria Presidential Election: An Appeal For Caution and Rectification.” He urged the president to avert the looming danger by ordering the cancellation of results in all elections that failed the integrity test.
He also asked Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, to save Nigeria from a disaster waiting to happen.
The ex-president claimed that the election had been tainted by INEC’s refusal to upload the election results to its platform.
He also accused politicians of conspiring with INEC officials to sabotage the electoral process and steal the people’s mandate against their will.
Obasanjo made the call after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign council spokesman, Dino Melaye, led party agents and officials out of Abuja’s National Collation Centre over alleged over-voting in Ekiti.
“Until last Saturday night, February 25, 2023, the good and noble plan and preparation for elections appeared to be going well,” he said. A lot of money was spent by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to introduce the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and the Server for immediate transmission of results from polling units.
“It is no secret that INEC officials at the operational level have allegedly been compromised in order to make what should have worked not work and to revert to the manual transmission of results that is manipulated and the results doctored.
“The Chairman of INEC may claim ignorance but he cannot fold his hands and do nothing when he knows that the election process has been corrupted and most of the results that are brought outside BVAS and Server are not a true reflection of the will of Nigerians who have made their individual choice.
“At this stage, we do not need wittingly or unwittingly to set this country on fire with the greed, irresponsibility, and unpatriotic act of those who allegedly gave money to INEC officials for perversion and those who collected the blood money.
“Let me appeal to the Chairman of INEC, if his hands are clean, to save Nigeria from the looming danger and disaster that is just waiting to happen. If the Chairman can postpone elections four days before the election, he will be able to correct the errors of the previous two days – no BVAS, no acceptable result; and no uploading through Server, no acceptable result.”
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