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Obi describes 2023 general elections as a disgrace, cites fraud charges, irregularities

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The three leading presidential candidates are Bola Tinubu of APC Atiku Abubakar of PDP and Peter Obi of Labour Party

Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate, has described the 2023 general elections as a disgrace, citing charges of fraud and extensive irregularities.

In a series of tweets on his X page on Saturday, the former governor of Anambra State said that the election was marred by faults despite the massive amount of money spent on it.

Obi said Nigeria’s election stands in stark contrast to the South African election, which he described as transparent and flawless.

Obi also stated that the differences between the two countries’ electoral processes are regrettable.

Obi wrote: “The outcome of the recent South African election results remains a shining example of what a transparent and efficient democratic electoral process should look like.

“With about 60% voter turnout and over 90% of polling open on time, allowing diaspora voting, the results and updates were real-time without any form of technical glitches during the election.

“This demonstrated the robustness and transparency of their system. The seamless online dissemination of results further highlights their commitment to democratic principles and technological advancement.

“This is in stark contrast to the show of shame that the giant of Africa, Nigeria, gave the world in 2023. In 2023, with less than 30% voter turnout, over 60% of the polling stations starting late, and no diaspora voting, the elections were plagued by allegations of fraud and widespread irregularities, all forms of glitches, despite an enormous expenditure to the tune of about a billion dollars (direct allocation of N313 billion and donor agency support).

“The process has been widely discredited. The differences between the two countries’ electoral processes are both stark and lamentable. South Africa’s Election Results Centre, with its state-of-the-art electronic board, showcased results with unparalleled precision and speed.”

Obi asserted that Nigeria’s electoral process is mired in controversy and lack of transparency, saying that it is a painful reminder of the country’s ongoing struggles with democratic governance.

He added, “Meanwhile, Nigeria’s electoral process is mired in controversy and lacks transparency. [This glaring juxtaposition is a painful reminder of our country’s ongoing struggles with democratic governance.]

“It underscores the urgent need for comprehensive electoral reforms to ensure that our elections are free, fair, and credible. We must learn from South Africa’s example and strive to build a system that restores the people’s faith in our democracy.

“The time for action is now, and we cannot afford to delay any longer in addressing these critical issues for a new Nigeria.”

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