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Make the call… Nigerians urge Atiku to congratulate Buhari

AS the collation of the 2019 presidential election continues at the national collation centre in Abuja, Nigerians are already urging Abubakar Atiku, the candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to call President Muhammadu Buhari and congratulate him.

So far, Buhari is in clear lead, having won in 11 out of the 18 states that have already announced their results, while Atiku won in just seven.

The states where Buhari won include Ekiti, Osun, Gombe, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Jigawa, Kaduna, Yobe, Nasarawa, and Adamawa.

On the other hand, Atiku won is the FCT, Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia, Ondo, Anambra states, and Oyo.

Altogether, Buhari has polled a total of 6,153,880 as against Atiku’s 5,149,869

With the results of the other states considered as Buhari’s stronghold yet to be announced, many believe it is only a matter of when not if the APC will be declared the winner of the election.

On social media, several hashtags are already trending, some in celebration of Buhari’s re-election, others in condemnation of what many say was a rigged election, but all pointing towards an imminent victory for the ruling All Progressives Congress.

Some Nigerians, including supporters of the PDP, are asking Atiku to emulate former President Goodluck Jonathan, who called to congratulate Buhari in 2015 even when the final result was yet to be announced, an act which gained Jonathan accolades from far and near.

Dele Momodu, the publisher of Ovation Magazine, who supported the PDP in the election, was one of those who advised Atiku to congratulate Buhari.

“My dear WAZIRIN,” Momodu tweeted, “as a believer, you are aware that only God can give or take power. You’ve written your name in gold. Do not wait a minute longer. Please, pick that phone and call President Muhammadu Buhari. You have much more to gain Sir… Pass on the burden!”

Another PDP supporter, whose Twitter username and handle read ‘Great Oracle‘ and ‘@AbdulMahmud’ respectively, also suggested likewise. He wrote: “This is the outcome: Buhari has won. If the opposition feels it has sufficient evidence to go to the tribunal, fine; but it has become almost a public policy of not upturning presidential elections in Nigeria.

“So, the choice? Make the call to the winner. Let our country move on with its healing; but we must draw lessons…”

Another Twitter user, with the username ‘Ayekooto‘, an APC supporter, wrote rather tauntingly: “It’s time, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, pick your phone and make the call. The network is okay now.”

Below are the posts by some Twitter users who think Atiku should concede victory:

However, there were many who felt that Atiku should not concede defeat yet as according to them, the election was rigged.

Here are some of the tweets:

Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections threw up major surprises across the states of the federation as many big names lost their seats in the Senate and the Federal House of Representatives.

They include Senate President Bukola Saraki and former Senate minority leader Godswill Akpabio, who many had referred to as traditional election winners. Others are Senators Shehu Sani, Mao Ohabunwa, Andy Ubah, and Binta Garba, who is the only female senator from the Northern region of the country.

There are also the governors of Oyo and Gombe State, Abiola Ajimobi and Ibrahim Dankwambo, whose attempts to transit from the executive arm of government to the legislature were dashed as they lost their respective senatorial elections.

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  1. yahaya haruna says

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