The Young Progressives Party’s (YPP) candidate in last week’s presidential election, Kingsley Moghalu, has said that the votes tallied and collated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for his party, wasn’t an accurate representation of the strength of his supporters.
Backstory: Moghalu made this accusation in his first statement since President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared winner of the February 23 presidential elections.
In the statement released on Friday, Moghalu said that INEC released wrong figures in the result collated for his party. “The number of votes tallied for my candidacy by the INEC did not represent anything close to the electoral strength of that candidacy. These false numbers were the result of brazen theft of our votes and the suppression of our voters,” he said.
Condemns violence: “I was very saddened by the loss of lives to various acts of violence during the February 23 presidential election and elections into the National Assembly. My heartfelt condolences go to the families that lost loved ones and I pray that those injured will recover soonest. The operational failures of INEC in the conduct of the elections, the massive vote-buying and vote-rigging through various methods as well as violence in several locations in the country have left the credibility of the election open to question.”
He accused the APC and the PDP of being complicit.
Drops hint of another run for the presidency: Moghalu did not explicitly say he was going to mount another challenge for the top job, but he gave a hint when he said this: “I trust and believe that this situation will change by 2023.”
What Nigeria needs now: “We need fundamental reform of our electoral system if our democracy is to have any real meaning. Elections as they are organized and executed today in Nigeria, are a travesty.”
What Buhari needs to do: “President Muhammadu Buhari, who INEC announced as the winner of the 2019 presidential election, owes Nigerians an inclusive, competent government that can heal our land and take millions of Nigerians out of crushing poverty. This calls for a very different approach from recycling poverty through the APC government’s unsustainable populist initiatives that fail to create jobs or improve actual economic productivity and living standards.”