JIBWIS urges Buhari, Atiku to accept election results

JIBWIS urges Buhari, Atiku to accept election results

- JIBWIS has urged President Buhari, Atiku Abubakar and other politicians to accept the outcome of the elections in the interest of peace and unity

- The coordinator of JIBWIS election observers, Yusuf Yakubu Arrigasiyyu, says the presidential and National Assembly elections were conducted peacefully in most states, including Abuja

- Arrigasiyyu however, complains that some states including in Abia, Delta, Rivers, Kogi, Anambra and Lagos recorded electoral violence

The presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari and his challenger from the People Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, have both been urged by election observers of the Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’ah Wa Iqamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS) to accept the outcome of the elections in good faith.

The coordinator of the observers, Yusuf Yakubu Arrigasiyyu, made the plea on Monday, February 25, in Kaduna when reading out the interim report on the elections to journalists, Daily Trust reports.

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Arrigasiyyu, who urged other candidates to also accept the outcome of the elections in the interest of peace and unity, said the presidential and National Assembly elections were conducted peacefully in most states, including Abuja.

He however complained that some states including in Abia, Delta, Rivers, Kogi, Anambra and Lagos states recorded electoral violence.

“Our appeal on behalf of our leader, Shaikh Bala Lau is to advise all the presidential candidates from the major parties and others to accept the outcome of the result in good faith," Arrigasiyyu said.

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“Whoever loses should extend the hand of friendship to the other in the interest of brotherhood and peace. There is always another time for the candidate that loses in future.”

Meanwhile, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has rejected what it called the purported victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the general elections, claiming the results in parts of the country do not reflect the true aspirations of Nigerians.

The group in a statement on Monday evening, February 25, faulted the 2019 general elections as a complete departure from the electoral gains made in 2015, The Punch reports.

Imo Ugochinyere, the spokesman for the coalition, accused the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, of collaborating with the current administration to rob the Nigerian people of their will while lying to the international community.

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