Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president, has pleaded with Mahmood Yakubu, the head of the Independent National Election Commission (INEC), to avert imminent peril by fixing the mistakes made in the most recent elections.
The request was made in a letter that Obasanjo directly endorsed on Monday.
Over 80 million Nigerians participated in last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.
The results of the presidential and National Assembly elections, which many people hailed as momentous, are now coming in from various regions of the nation two days after the votes.
“Let me appeal to the Chairman of INEC, if his hands are clean, to save Nigeria from the looming danger and disaster which is just waiting to happen,” Obasanjo stated.
The 85-year-old statesman also appealed to the citizen to exercise patience expressing confidence in the system working right.
“Compatriot Nigerians, please exercise patience until the wrong is righted. I strongly believe that nobody will toy with the future and fortune of Nigeria at this juncture,” he said.
“Long live Nigeria in peace, security, stability and in the hope for a greater future.”
“If the Chairman can postpone elections four days to the election, he can do everything to rectify the errors of the last two days – no BVAS, no result to be acceptable; and no uploading through Server, no result to be acceptable,” he added.
He stated clearly that results presented outside of BVAS and Server should be thrown out by the voting authority.
The introduction of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and the Server for instant transfer of results from voting units cost a lot of money, according to the previous president.
Read the full statement from the former president below: