*Buhari (left) with Atiku when the going was good
By Andrew Onyejuruuwa
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the just concluded presidential election, which supposedly returned President Muhammadu Buhari re-elected, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has credited the low turn-out of voters in the ongoing governorship and state assembly elections to alleged rigging of the presidential poll.
He made the claim after casting his ballot at the Ajiya polling unit 02, Gwadabawa ward of Yola north local government of Adamawa state. He said, “There is low voter turnout and I believe it’s because of the last election, which was marred by a lot of irregularities.”
According to him the involvement of the military in the election is unconstitutional even as he urged the electorate to be law-abiding. He however assured his supporters of his commitment to challenge the outcome of that election in court.
President Muhammadu Buhari on the other hand claimed he expected Atiku to go to court after the results of the 2019 presidential election were announced. Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Buhari winner of the February 23, which was heavily marred by massive irregularities and highhandedness on the part of the government controlled security agencies against the opposition parties.
Buhari’s party have been accused to have suppressed votes in PDP and Atiku’s strongholds in what political analysts described as amateurish manner in places like Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Rivers State, Imo State and so on.