Atiku Abubakar, who was the presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led a protest to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) headquarters in Abuja. The protest was aimed at expressing the party’s discontentment with the recently concluded presidential election.
The election was held on February 25, 2023, and was seen as a crucial moment in Nigeria’s political history. The country has a long history of electoral irregularities and violence, and many Nigerians were hoping that the 2023 election would be conducted in a free and fair manner.
However, following the announcement of the results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on March 1, 2023, there were widespread allegations of electoral malpractice and irregularities.
The APC candidate, Bola Tinubu, was declared the winner, but the PDP rejected the results, citing numerous irregularities in the conduct of the election.
In response, Atiku Abubakar led a protest to the INEC headquarters in Abuja, along with the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, and the party’s Vice Presidential Candidate and Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa.
The protest was aimed at expressing the party’s discontentment with the election results and demanding that INEC address the irregularities that had marred the electoral process.
The protest was met with a heavy police presence, and there were reports of clashes between the police and protesters. Despite this, Atiku and the PDP leadership remained steadfast in their demands, calling for an independent investigation into the allegations of electoral malpractice.
The protest led by Atiku Abubakar highlights the deep divisions in Nigerian politics and the challenges that the country faces in consolidating its democracy. It also underscores the importance of conducting free and fair elections in Nigeria and the need for electoral institutions to be transparent and impartial in their conduct.