With the 2023 general elections in Nigeria done and dusted, the controversy surrounding the election’s credibility lingers. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, Ahmed Tinubu, as the winner of the election.
However, the results are being challenged by the first and second runner-ups, Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party and Obi of the Labour Party. They claim there was voter intimidation and suppression, violence, and result manipulation, among other infractions.
This has resulted in intense pressure on Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, to flee the country or face arrest on false charges of inciting insurrection. Furthermore, the Federal Government has accused Obi and his running mate of making treasonable remarks, which have put party supporters on edge.
The Department of State Security has also raised the alarm that political actors are plotting to orchestrate violence through “demonstrations and frivolous court orders” to stop the scheduled presidential inauguration on May 29th, all in a bid to pave the way for an illegal interim government.