A group of Nigerians in diaspora, under the platform of the Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria (GCSDN), has reportedly rejected the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the Independent, the coordinator of the group, Frederick Odorige, who spoke from Budapest, Hungary, described the election as the worst that he had seen since he was born.
He said: “The election was marred by killing, apparent rigging, ballot box snatching and destruction of ballot papers by hired thugs. It was highly militarised by soldiers loyal to Muhammadu Buhari."
“An election that culminates in the killing of 47 unarmed Nigerians is not an election,” he said further
Odorige said through a general questionnaire answered by members of the group from 32 countries that 100% responded that the election was clearly not free and fair, while 95.5% further agreed that some persons who played disastrous roles in the election should be declared persona non grata.
The group, however, claimed that no case of violence was masterminded by any of the presidential candidates from the new political parties.
It berated Nigerian youths for allowing self-seeking politicians to use them as paid thugs instead of aligning with young presidential candidates to actualise the dream of a new Nigeria.
The group also alleged the young presidential candidates were deliberately awarded very low number of votes in order to demoralise their enthusiastic followers.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spoke at a world press conference on Wednesday, February 27, following his defeat the election.
Atiku claimed the result of the election does not reflect the will of the people and that he has the actual figures of the election.
The former vice president claimed there was voter suppression in Akwa Ibom and that the state recorded a 62% decrease compared to 2015.
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