Updated: March 4, 2021
Nigeria’s main opposition presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, says based on non official results collated at all the polling units across the country, he has defeated President Muhammadu Buhari.
The candidate of the People Democratic Party and former Vice President in a statement on Sunday thanked Nigerians “for turning out to vote for him in their millions”, adding that the initial indications from the PDPs simultaneous vote counts show a PDP win.
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In the statement issued in Abuja by Mr. Phrank Shaibu, his Special Assistant On Public Communication, Atiku said: “I would like to sincerely thank the millions of people who, despite having to bear the additional burden of a postponed election, came out yesterday to vote for me and the other PDP candidates standing in this election.”
The statement said with the PDP’s high tech, cloud-based SVC system – which is able to collate in real-time the results from the 176,000 voting points across the nation – the Presidential candidate could boldly assure his supporters that victory was at hand.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has not announced the official figures but in Nigeria, votes are counted at every polling unit.
A compilation of votes at all the polling units can indicate who has or is winning.
The candidate who has a simple majority of votes cast plus 25 percent of votes cast in every of Nigeria’s 36 states and the federal capital territory is declared winner.
A victory by Atiku would be the second time in Nigeria that an incumbent is defeated at the polls.
President Muhammadu Buhari defeated Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 and recently boasted in an interview with CNN that no one can defeat him.
Atiku said: “With strong shares of vote in SS, SE as well as an increased share in SW and NC we are very pleased with the progress the PDP has made. We look forward to sharing some exciting news in other parts of the country very soon, which will confound all the armchair pundits.
“The people of Nigeria can take solace that very soon the living Nightmare of the last four years will come to an end so that together we will get Nigeria working again.”
The PDP Presidential candidate urged Nigerians on the need to maximise their eternal vigilance in the next 48 hours to prevent the majority votes recorded at the polling units being disrupted by force by the APC at the collation centres.
“I am familiar with how brazen and the complete lack of shame the APC can exhibit, but even I was shocked to witness just how low they went last night by accusing the PDP of ‘recruiting armed thugs’ to do just that. Why would we want to do that when we are winning?”
“Furthermore I would like to say how proud I was of PDP supporters who conducted themselves so peacefully despite the significant provocations and threats of violence, removal and burning of ballot boxes and the likes.”
The statement also thanked the security forces and election officials who in the main conducted their duties with exemplary professionalism but tasked General Buhari on his promise of a free and fair election.
“General Buhari you have promised our people and the world that you would conduct ‘free, fair and credible elections’ so please call off the wilder elements within your party and deliver on your promise.”