Nigerian opposition parties protest ‘compromised’ election

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Representatives from two of Nigeria’s three main political parties walked out of the National Collation Center in Abuja to protest inconsistencies in the results announced so far, blaming some of the problems with technology widely used in voting.

Several party officials, including the main opposition PDP and Peter Obi of the Labour Party, allege that there have been instances of irregularities and discrepancies between results released by various states and results uploaded by election officials to the Electoral Commission’s results portal.

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“We are Nigerians and must defend our rights,” shouted the PDP’s Dino Melaye as he staged a one-man protest.

Nigeria’s electoral law allows party representatives or agents to raise concerns about results while they are being announced by the election commission.

Mahmood Yakubu, Nigeria’s election chief, said the results were authenticated by electoral officials at the voting unit, dismissing claims of irregularities.

Each of the three frontrunners in Nigeria’s hotly contested presidential election claimed on Monday that they are on the path to victory as preliminary results trickled in two days after Africa’s most populous nation went to the polls.Only four of Nigeria’s 36 states had officially announced results by midday Monday, with three of those going to ruling party candidate Bola Tinubu.

The fourth was won by main opposition party candidate Atiku Abubakar. Also in the mix as a perceived frontrunner was Peter Obi with the Labour Party.

A winner is not expected to be announced until at least Tuesday. After the previous presidential election in 2019, it took four days for officials to declare a victor.

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