Former governor of old Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has said that if the Presidency of Bola Ahmed Tinubu is allowed to be, it would create unwarranted negative consequences for the political system in Nigeria.
Ezeife faulted the process through which the election was conducted on Saturday, and how the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) arrives at declared Tinubu the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner.
Speaking on Arise TV Morning Show on Thursday, Ezeife alleged that there was manipulation during the Saturday presidential poll.
He warned that the country would not enjoy peace if Tinubu is sworn in as President, without doing anything to address the unwholesome activities that allegedly took place on the election day.
Recall that INEC on Wednesday declared Tinubu as the winner of the February 25 election on Wednesday morning.
The official results announced by the electoral body showed that the Tinubu scored 8,794,726 votes to defeat Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party who scored 6,984,520 and 6,101,533 votes respectively.
“I do not believe that Tinubu, my friend, will be sworn in as President. If that is done, it would be a disaster but I think this thing has opened the eyes of Nigerians,” Ezeife said.
The former governor appreciated Nigerians for massively participating in the election and speaking out the truth for the good of the country when things started going wrong.
He advised INEC to go back to the systems used in the conduct of the election and pick the correct results instead of total cancellation as some people have called for owing to the huge amount of money spent on the election.
“We thank the Yoruba, we thank the Hausa, and we thank every group in Nigeria for this openness. We are Nigerians and I think that is the message. Don’t mind the manipulation.
“One must distinguish between the election as conducted and the election as reported. What to do? Some foreign countries are calling for the cancellation. For me, I don’t think that is the only solution because it costs money.
“How much did we spend in this election? What we have to do is to go back to the documents, go back to all the systems we used, and look at the correct results that came out, especially which came out before the problem arose or before the stoppage of the uploading.
“We look at it and declare results based on those results. There is no point in wasting more money. I believe this election has given hope for one Nigeria.” he said.
However, presidential candidate of the Labour Party LP, Peter Obi during his world Press conference today said that he will approach the court to reclaim his stolen mandate.