If Buhari and the APC are allowed to get away with this kind of daylight robbery, then every future election in Nigeria will be decided by daylight robberies. What Atiku did, therefore, was to provide some forlorn hope for democracy to survive in Nigeria by resorting to the courts.
survive in Nigeria by resorting to the courts.
In January 2019, President Obasanjo burst again on the political scene in Nigeria with a 16-page broadside which he entitled: “Points for Concern and Action.” In this, he alleged that the upcoming 2019 presidential election was already shaping out to be nothing more than a self-succession project for President Buhari: “They have started recruiting collation officers who are already awarding results based on their project to actualise the perpetuation agenda in which the people will not matter and the votes will not count.”
He noted further that the president’s henchmen: “…are working round the clock in cahoots with security and election officials to perfect their plan by computing results right from the ward to local government, state and national levels to allot him what will look like a landslide victory, irrespective of the true situation.”
Only God knows where and how Obasanjo got this information. However, it has since been confirmed by what actually transpired during the 2019 elections. Altogether, the elections were one big sham. No Nigerian needs to be told that they were characterised by massive voter fraud, voter-suppression, ballot-snatching and crude falsification of results. By design, victors were vanquished and losers declared winners.
The most glaring of this falsehood was the declaration of President Buhari, not only as the winner of that election but, as Obasanjo warned, as the winner by an even bigger majority than he had when he was so much more popular in 2015. Between 2015 and 2019, President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) had become major embarrassments and disappointments. Obasanjo himself was one of their chief supporters in 2015. But Buhari’s dismal performance in office led him and many others to the conclusion that Nigeria would be far better off without him.
Under the circumstances, I, for one, predicted time and again, that the only way President Buhari could win in 2019 was by massively rigging the vote. Let’s face it, the wheel of politics cannot be re-invented in Nigeria. A bad government can only expect to get a comeuppance at the polls. Bad governments don’t get re-elected in free and fair elections. That magic only takes place when the votes are rigged.