2023 Election Result: TeamNigeria4Change Cautions Obasanjo
TeamNigeria4Change, a socio political group in the forefront of advocacy and campaign towards a better electoral process and mass reorientation for good governance has appealed to former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to restrain from actions that can turn Nigerians against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and throw the country into needless upheaval.
The former president had on Monday 27, 2023 released a letter wherein he criticized the outcome of the 2023 presidential election and asked President Muhammadu Buhari to halt the ongoing collation and release of the election results.
Obasanjo in his letter had alleged that the electoral process was compromised and that both Buhari and the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu should halt the process in order to avoid a looming anarchy.
However, contradicting Obasanjo’s position, former South African President, Mr. Thabo Mbeki who led a group of international observers to monitor the election advised that the process should proceed as planned and that all aggrieved parties should seek redress in a court of law. Mbeki who led the Commonwealth observers team described the election has generally peace but noted that there is room for improvement.
Reacting to the position of former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the election, TeamNigeria4Change President, Bestman Jumbo-Nze, described the content of the letter as quite unfortunate and capable of causing civil disorder and a breakdown of law and order.
According to Jumbo-Nze, what the former president ought to have done is to allow the electoral process to be concluded as scheduled and to advise those aggrieved to seek redress in court as advised by Mbeki.
He further stated that based on the harsh economic realities, the recent Naira redesign and scarcity of fuel, Nigerians are on the hedge and any actions or pronouncement that can further heat up the polity should be avoided at a time like this.