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General News of Monday, 13 March 2023


Nigeria can't organize a free and fair election, 63-years after independence - Peter Obi laments

Peter Obi at Chatham House Peter Obi at Chatham House

Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party has lamented the inability of Nigeria to hold free and fair general elections 63 years after independence.

Obi made the comment when he appeared as a guest on Arise TV on Monday, March 13.

Lamenting the outcome of the February 25 presidential elections, Obi said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed to deliver on its mandate to Nigeria despite promising free and fair elections.

"63 years after independence. Nigeria cannot conduct a free and fair election despite all the promises?" he quizzed.

The electoral commission, INEC, has declared Bola Tinubu, the candidate of Nigeria’s ruling party, APC, as the winner of Saturday’s presidential election.

Mr Tinubu defeated 17 other candidates who took part in the election. He scored a total of 8,794,726 votes, the highest of all the candidates, thus meeting the first constitutional requirement to be declared the winner.

He also scored over 25 per cent of the votes cast in 30 states, more than the 24 states constitutionally required.

INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu, who announced the final results in the early hours of Wednesday in Abuja, said Atiku Abubakar of the PDP came second in the election.

Atiku polled a total of 6,984,520 votes in the election.

Peter Obi of the Labour Party came third in the election with a total of 6,101,533 votes while Rabiu Kwankwaso of the NNPP came fourth with 1,496,687 votes.