The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said it won the 2019 presidential election and not the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
The PDP had fielded Atiku Abubakar, a former Nigerian vice president, against the incumbent and former military general, Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential poll.
PDP’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu stated this before a delegation of the European Union Election Observer Mission on Thursday.
“We believe we won the 2019 presidential elections. We have the evidence. But justice was not done,” said Ayu, according to Simon Imobo-Tswam, his special adviser on communication and strategy.
“Now that we are moving towards another election in 2023, it’s very important that we stress the need for the electoral umpire to be genuinely independent as its name implies.
PDP “believes fiercely in democracy and its transparent processes.”
He claimed that the APC was fritting away the gains the PDP made on Nigeria’s “hard-won democracy”.
“We are worried that instead of strengthening the democratic process, which will better serve the people, we are seeing a sustained decline in those democratic practices; the conduct of compromised elections, the use of security agents to attack judges, to attack citizens instead of protecting them, and to subvert the electoral processes.
“We have evidence and we stand by our position. These are not just empty pronouncements.”