Ours was plagued by fraud, irregularities – Peter Obi compares South Africa, Nigeria election

Labour Party presidential candidate in 2023, Peter Obi, has said that Nigeria’s last general election was plagued with fraud and widespread irregularities.

He state this in a series of tweets on Saturday, June 8 while commenting on the ongoing collation of result in South Africa’s 2024 general elections.

The former Anambra State governor decried the 2023 election, noting it was marred by glitches despite the enormous money spent to conduct the exercise.

Obi said the controversy trailing Nigeria’s electoral process is a painful reminder of the country’s ongoing struggles with democratic governance.

He wrote: “The outcome of the recent South African election results remains a shining example of what a transparent and efficient democratic electoral process should look like.

With about 60% Voter turnout, over 90% of polling open on time, allowing diaspora voting, the results and updates were real-time without any form of technical glitches during the election.

This demonstrated the robustness and transparency of their system. The seamless online dissemination of results further highlights their commitment to democratic principles and technological advancement.

This is in stark contrast, to the show of shame that the giant of Africa, Nigeria, gave the World in 2023. Nigeria’s 2023, with less than 30% of the Voter turnout and over 60% of the polling stations starting late, no diaspora voting, the elections were plagued by allegations of fraud and widespread irregularities, all forms of glitches, despite an enormous expenditure to the tune of about a billion dollars (direct allocation of =N=313 Billion and donor agencies supports).

Obi added; “Meanwhile, Nigeria’s electoral process is mired in controversy and lacks transparency. This glaring juxtaposition is a painful reminder of our country’s ongoing struggles with democratic governance.

It underscores the urgent need for comprehensive electoral reforms to ensure that our elections are free, fair, and credible. We must learn from South Africa’s example and strive to build a system that restores the people’s faith in our democracy.

The time for action is now, and we cannot afford to delay any longer in addressing these critical issues for a new Nigeria is POssible!”

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Ours was plagued by fraud, irregularities - Peter Obi compares South Africa, Nigeria election