Nigerian newspaper review for February 26: PDP rejects results; summons legal team

Nigerian newspaper review for February 26: PDP rejects results; summons legal team

The main headlines of mainstream Nigerian newspapers of Tuesday, February 26, are focused on the 2019 general elections and Peoples Democratic Party's rejection of the presidential poll results collated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as President Muhammadu Buhari takes the lead.

The Guardian reports that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejected the collated results of the 2019 presidential election as the All Progressives Congress (APC) leads.

The national chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, claimed that the results, which were announced on Monday, February 25, conflicted with the ones it had recorded.

He said: "PDP’s collation centres have all original results from every polling unit, in every ward, in every Local Government Area in Nigeria, of which the international community is well aware, implying all results currently being announced by INEC are incorrect thus unacceptable to our party and people.”

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Nigerian newspaper review for February 26: PDP rejects INEC's poll results as Buhari leads

Vanguard Newspaper of Tuesday, February 26.
Source: UGC

Vanguard also reports that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejected the collated results of the presidential election.

The party alleged irregularities in the collated results and its legal team has summoned an emergency meeting on Tuesday, February 26.

Reacting to the PDP's rejection of the collated results, spokesman of the Buhari Campaign, Festus Keyamo (SAN), called on Nigerians to ignore the opposition party.

Keyamo accused the PDP of plotting to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from completing the collation of the results.

Nigerian newspaper review for February 26: PDP rejects INEC's poll results as Buhari leads

Vanguard Newspaper of Tuesday, February 26.
Source: UGC

According to This Day, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alerted the world that Nigeria's democracy is under threat and rejected the results of Saturday, February 23 presidential and the National Assembly elections announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, accused INEC of collaborating with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to change the original results from some polling units in order to diminish the lead his party recorded in some parts of the country.

Nigerian newspaper review for February 26: PDP rejects INEC's poll results as Buhari leads

This Day Newspaper of Tuesday, February 26.
Source: UGC

The Punch also reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday, February 25, started the announcement of the results of Saturday, February 23 presidential election.

The Peoples Democratic Party alleged that the results being announced by the commission had been altered, adding that the results were unacceptable to the party.

According to the opposition party, it was forced to take a stand and make the pronouncements at this crucial point because “our democracy is under threat of derailment".

The party alleged that voters were disenfranchised through alleged cancellation and manipulation of figures for results already announced at polling units across the country.

Nigerian newspaper review for February 26: PDP rejects INEC's poll results as Buhari leads

The Punch Newspaper of Tuesday, February 26.
Source: UGC

The Nation reports that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, seems set for victory in the presidential election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced results of 11 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

President Buhari is leading his main opponent, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Buhari has so far won seven out of the 11 state announced by INEC, while Atiku has won four and the FCT.

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The states won by Buhari so far are Ekiti, Kwara, Osun, Nasarawa, Gombe, Kogi and Yobe.

Atiku won in Ondo, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi and the FCT.

Nigerian newspaper review for February 26: PDP rejects INEC's poll results as Buhari leads

The Nation Newspaper of Tuesday, February 26.
Source: UGC

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