Nigeria held its high stake elections on Saturday 25th February 2023 in an unusual three-horse race but with the whole process going well, the results collation and announcement has sparked drama.
Buhari’s governing All Progressives Congress (APC) has 70-year-old Bola Tinubu, a longtime kingmaker who declares, “It is my turn,” citing his achievement as governor of Lagos is the favourite to win the polls.
Atiku Abubakar, 76, a contender for the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), boasts of his business savvy to “rescue” Nigeria and is made his sixth attempt to win the presidential villa at Aso Rock.
Peter Obi of the Labour Party, a surprise third candidate, has overthrown the APC and PDP’s dominance by appealing to younger voters.
The three factor system has sparked tension in Nigeria which has not been helped by the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) who changed goalposts last minute on electronic results tabulation.
The scraping of the use of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for the election and a return to the manual system in some cases due to server problems has forced Obasanjo to sound the alarm.
Obasanjo, a well known sympathiser of Obi, called for President Buhari to intervene and “right” the wrongs which can trigger a crisis if left unchecked.