Updated: February 28, 2021
Nigeria’s main opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has “won” the presidential election, according to an “unofficial result” released on the social media.
Mr Abubakar defeated President Muhammadu Buhari with more than 2 million votes difference, according to the “unofficial results”.
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He polled over 14 million votes while Buhari came second with over 12 million votes.
But many have cautioned that such results should be dismissed and might be fake.
But in official results released by the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission, Buhari seemed to be coasting to victory.
In 26 states plus the capital Abuja, Mr Buhari had already polled 11.4 million votes while Mr Abubakar was behind with about 8.3 million votes. These were the results that most people were watching and believing.
However, those who released the unofficial “results” claimed President Buhari and his ruling All Progressives Congress had engaged in massive rigging in Kano, Katsina and Borno.
Many wondered in private how can more people vote in Katsina state where Mr Buhari comes from than in Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous state?
In Nigeria, only the results released by INEC are authentic. But elections are also full of rigging, and often manipulated to favor some candidates.