The United Nations, UN has said that Nigeria has history of peaceful and democratic transition of power.
UN spokesman Stephanie Dujarric says Nigeria has a strong and proud democratic history of peaceful transition of power in recent years.
Feilding questions on if the UN technical support to INEC to use technology to manage the elections was fruitful, Mr Dujarric said the support yielded some results.
“Yes, I mentioned to you earlier that United National Development Programme (UNDP) offered technical support to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). We are not an observer on these elections. That’s not for the UN to say yes or no on how the elections were run,” the UN official explained.
He added, “I think Nigeria has a very strong and proud democratic history of peaceful transition of power in recent years. There is a process ongoing. It is important at this point in any election, in any country, and we’ve seen it in the North, we’ve seen it in the South and East and West, we’ve seen issues of great tension following elections when people didn’t accept the results.”
He explained that the UN system had continued to provide electoral assistance to national electoral authorities and support to a non-governmental network of organisations focusing on capacity building, promoting transparency and the inclusion of youth and women.
“Included in this support to the Independent National Electoral Commission has been technical support, mainly through United National Development Programme, to improve the process and use of technology in preparing for and managing the election,’’ Mr Dujarric stressed.
In addition, the spokesperson said he had seen reports that a number of the other candidates would contest the presidential poll’s results.
“What is important is that as in any election, any… that if any candidate or group of candidates have an issue with the results that they go through the established legal and constitutional channels to work out their challenges,” stated the UN spokesman. “And it is very important for everyone to remain calm as that process or these processes play out.”
INEC on Wednesday declared Bola Tinubu as the winner of the election.
On Saturday, 18 presidential candidates contested in the election held across the 36 states of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
Mr Tinubu, the APC candidate polled 8,794,726 votes to defeat fellow contenders – Atiku Abubakar of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 6,984,520 votes, Labour Party’s Peter Obi had 6,101,533 votes to come third and candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) Rabiu Kwankwaso had 1,496,687 votes.
Of the 36 states and FCT, Messrs Tinubu, Obi, and Atiku won 12, while Mr Kwankwaso only triumphed in one state.
The 12 states won by Mr Tinubu are Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Kwara, Benue, Rivers, Borno, Zamfara, Jigawa, Ondo, Kogi and Niger. Mr Atiku of the PDP won Taraba, Osun, Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Kaduna, Sokoto, Yobe, Bayelsa, Kebbi, Bauchi, Gombe and Katsina. Mr Obi won Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Anambra, Abia, Delta, Edo, FCT, Plateau, Nasarawa, Lagos and Cross River. (NAN)