- Governor Sani Bello of Niger state describes the 2019 presidential election as a free and fair contest
- Bello says people urging Atiku to challenge outcome of the presidential election in court are doing so to get money from him
- The governor notes that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies did very well during the elections
Governor Sani Bello of Niger state has said the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has no reason to challenge the result of the 2019 presidential election in court because the election was free and fair.
Bello made the statement on Thursday, March 21, when speaking with reporters in Abuja shortly after he paid President Muhammadu Buhari a visit at the state house, The Nation report.
The governor said the people urging Atiku to challenge outcome of the presidential election in court were doing so to get money from him.
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“It could be that you think you won or it could be that someone is telling you that you have won or it could be that someone is telling you some miracles can happen," Bello said.
“It could also be that someone wants to get money off you. So there is no reason why after free and fair elections had been conducted and it is clear in the eyes of the world one still believes that there are shoddy dealings.
“Anyone who feels dissatisfied is free to approach a court of law. It is a free world. Everyone is entitled to his opinion. But honestly, from what I saw in Niger, this election has been the fairest election we have conducted so far.”
Bello said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies did very well during the elections.
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“I think INEC did extremely well, the security agencies did very well as well. It is not unusual when you hold elections in a country like Nigeria where you have so many units to have issues with one or two units," he said.
“If you look at the number of polling units, compare to the ones that have issues, probably, it’s less two or five percent. But generally, the elections went well.”
Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar campaign organisation, Buba Galadima, has alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) sponsored and paid some highly placed Nigerians to beg Atiku not to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari's victory at the election petition tribunal.
Galadima made the allegation while featuring on a Channels Television programme on Wednesday, March 20, saying that every Nigerian knew that the Saturday, February 23, presidential election was rigged by APC.
Legit.ng gathered that the former APC chieftain said the ruling party used the military to intimidate people and rig the election.
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