Tinubu Admits Manipulation
The Nigerian ruling party presidential candidate says electoral manipulation is unavoidable following reports his enforcers disrupted the election
The Nigerian ruling party All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu in a briefing to newsmen, Saturday, following the loss of his polling unit admitted “manipulations” in Saturday’s presidential and parliamentary election.
He says the electoral process cannot be perfect and devoid of manipulations in some areas but politicians must accept the result of a free and fair elections.
Tinubu not happy with the results nationwide which shows the Labour Party (LP) leading especially his stronghold of Lagos, insisted that he will win the election because he “worked” harder than the other candidates.
“A democrat, a trust democrat, must accept the result of a free and fair elections. As a democrat, you must have faith in the system. Once you have faith in the system, it is not a problem to accept the result of a free and fair elections,” Tinubu said when asked if he would accept the result of Saturday’s election if he loses.
“Perception is one thing. On rare occasions that you have skirmishes and lack of confidence, it is created by the politicians. Not the electoral process. In the electoral process we cannot see 100 per cent perfection. People have to tolerate that. Equally when you are talking of manipulation in some areas, you have to evaluate what is material. Materiality comes to play. How many compared to total turn out or total who voted. You’ve got to accept the result of a fairly responsible voter’s decision,” he added.
In Lagos, the APC , Nigerians witnessed disruption of the electoral process on Saturday by enforcers loyal to the former two-term governor of Lagos, while the late arrival of INEC’s staff and failure of BVAS affected the process in some parts of the country.
The election was further disrupted by breakdown of the Independent National Electoral Commission servers. Only 11% of results have been transmitted so far.
Tinubu, 70, is in the contest against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi of the LP.
Akowe reports from Lagos
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