Barely 48 hours after the 2015 Nigeria general elections, the two major parties in the presidential race are in a media battle as to who is leading in the polls. The elections which was held on the 28th of March, 2015 will go down in Nigeria’s history as the most participated elections in the country till date as the electorates came out enmasse to vote in the presidential and national assembly elections.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has claimed victory in the elections already but the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through its spokesman, Chief Femi Fani Kayode has called on the public to denounce such reports circulated by the opposition that they had actually won the elections, claiming that even though the presidential election is a close race, the PDP was “winning in 23 states and have 64 per cent while the APC is winning in 14 states and has 36 per cent.”
The PDP and the APC has been trading allegations of plans to thwart the election results. While the APC has said there are ongoing plans by the PDP to tamper with the results of Saturday’s elections and the PDP has also accused the APC of using complains and cheap propaganda to win the sympathy of Nigerians.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is yet to make an official announcement of the 2015 presidential and national assembly election results.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement, said the figures seen online, crediting the victory to APC were “fake and do not represent the true results, which are currently being collated by INEC, the only body authorized to release and announce results.” It further read:
“The APC in its desperation for power has resorted to posting fake results in the social media in a bid to ambush the electoral commission, mislead the unsuspecting public to believe it is winning, all in furtherance of its grand plot to cause confusion and set the stage for violence when the authentic results are finally released.
“We therefore alert Nigerians to be on their guard and close ranks in resisting the APC’s plot to plunge the nation into chaos and anarchy. Our democracy has come to stay and the will of the people must prevail over and above the parochial ambition of a selfish few.
“Finally, we strongly caution the APC against its acts of desperation and use of dishonest methods, including physical attacks against our members and supporters as these pose a great threat to our democracy, the unity and stability of our dear nation,” the statement read.
In a counter-statement, the National Publicity Secretary of the opposition party, the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said it had the authentic results from every polling unit where voting took place on Saturday, and would not accept anything contrary to those signed results.
“We have always said we will accept the result of any free, fair and transparent elections. However, what we will not accept – and which we are sure Nigerians themselves will reject – is any move to rewrite the results and thwart the will of the people under any guise. We will not accept that.
“We know they are stunned dizzy by the crushing defeat which has been inflicted on them across the nation, going by the results in the hands of our agents. We know they have activated their paid media channels to seek to confuse Nigerians by making outlandish claims that their presidential candidate is leading in the elections. We know they are counting on malleable RECs to thwart the will of the people, and we know they have no qualms about plunging the nation into crisis just because of narrow interests.
”This is why we are putting on red alert all the good people of Nigeria who trooped out in large numbers, defying the sun and the rain and against all odds, to vote for change. We are also by this statement calling on the international community to urgently prevail on the Nigerian authorities not to tamper with the results of the elections as expressed by Nigerians.
“As we have said many times, we will accept the outcome of the elections if they are free and fair. What we will not accept is the manipulated outcome of the polls,” the statement concluded.
He furthermore went ahead to dismiss the claim by FFK that the PDP was leading in 23 states of the federation, reiterating the response of Professor Jega when asked the same question in a press briefing yesterday with journalists. The INEC boss had responded by saying only two states had so far collated their results and so the source of the information should be queried as to how he got his results.
The results of the 2015 general elections is expected to be announced 48 hours after the voting has been concluded.