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Pro PDP, APC Clash In Abuja

The pro Atiku group under the umbrella of coalition of Civil Society Organisations have demanded the resignation of INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the pro Tinubu protesters under the umbrella of Tinubu Support Groups (TSG) told the commission not to be intimidated by rag-tag Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party (LP).

Relatedly, a coalition of 18 CSOs organisations, has insisted that Nigerians would not accept the foisting of a compromised election result on the nation.

This is as the Southern and Middle Belt Alliance (SaMBA), has asked Yakubu, to resign if he could not guarantee a free, fair and credible elections this Saturday, when the governorship and house of assembly polls would hold.

But the National Orientation Agency (NOA), has called on political parties and major political stakeholders to rein-in their supporters in order to avert post-election violence.

Addressing journalists, the Secretary, Support Group Coordination, Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Tosin Adeyanju, said they staged a solidarity walk in defence of democracy and the mandate given to the president-elect by Nigerians.

He said: “We came to commend you for the good job you did in the last presidential election. You have done a good job. Nigerian youths are with you, Nigerian women are with you. Do not be intimidated by the rag-tag PDP and Labour Party.

“We are here to protect the mandate freely given by Nigerians to Asiwaju. He won overwhelmingly across the country. He will be president for all.”

He said the interaction became imperative as the country tried to manage the post-election situation that has a lot of implication for the stability and peace of the country.

Giving summary of the agency’s observation during the elections, Abari said cases of violence as feared before the election were not wide spread, but that such was not to say that there were no cases of violence across country, citing states like Lagos, Rivers, Imo and Borno that witnessed flashes of violence.

According to him, “The point here is that unlike previous elections, incidents of violence were not wide spread across states. The few cases of violence did not significantly affect the outcome of the election and indeed, where violent disruption were recorded, INEC promptly cancelled the election.

Abari noted that aftermath of the declaration of results, the agency has noticed measures of disagreement with the outcome of the elections, stressing that some of the political parties that felt that they, rather than the declared candidate, won the presidential elections, have headed to court, and that their decision to vent their disagreement through legal laid down channels was commendable

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