Posted by Christian Nwokocha | 28 February 2019 | 1,561 times
The National Presidents of Igbo Bilie Organization (IBO) and Bilie Human Rights Initiative (BHRI) representing the Indigenous People of Biafra, Cyril Duruaku and Innocent Amadi, have rejected the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC’s) declaration of Muhammadu Buhari as president-elect, being the outcome of the nationwide presidential election.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, had earlier declared Buhari winner of the just-concluded presidential election having scored 15,191,847 votes against his rival, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who scored 11,262,978 votes.
Irked by allegations of massive rigging in favour President Buhari and delay in release of the election results across the country, Duruaku alleged that INEC connived with the sitting government and All Progressives Congress (APC) being the ruling party, to deny the people of their choice candidate, Atiku.
“INEC chairman connived with Buhari’s government to deny the people of Nigeria from electing candidate of their choice. It is a shame and we condemn the outcome of this presidential election as announced by INEC. The agency has shown bias from day one and we are not surprised.
“We will resist it because the results announced by INEC did not reflect the wish, aspirations and the voting pattern of the people of Nigeria”, Duruaku stated in an exclusive interview with Daily Independent.
On whether there are regrets that Igbo failed in the making of a president in the next four years since they voted massively for Atiku, he said: “Not at all. If we have the same opportunity, Igbo will repeat the same voting pattern again. Igbo are interested in people with sound mind and not half-baked.
“We are determined to go for the best anytime, any day. We are interested in people with capacity to unite Nigerians irrespective of religion or tribe, and we cannot compromise these qualities. Atiku in clear terms is far better than Buhari”.
Also speaking with the Daily Independent, Innocent Amadi, a representative of Indigenous People of Biafra via Bilie Human Rights Initiative said: “We condemn the outcome of the presidential election. We are looking forward to leaving and forgetting this project call Nigeria. Nothing will come our way as long as Igbos remained in Nigeria.
“The situation is becoming clearer that what we need is Biafra and we want it legitimately since we are already in court with the Federal Government with a view to determining our right for self-determination.
“We have no regrets supporting Atiku, but the fraud called presidential election is a lesson to Igbo and we must sit down to review the outcome of this election. Igbo are the most organised set up in Nigeria and we can develop on our own. So, we need Biafra to catch up with the 21st Century. The present Nigeria is not working, it is backward and crude”.
•Sourced from a Daily Independent report
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