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Nigeria court hears opposition’s presidential vote challenge

By Khulile Thwala

A Nigerian court began its hearing on separate suits filed by the opposition to challenge the incumbent party’s victory in the country’s presidential election.

The presidential tribunal at the Court of Appeal in the capital, Abuja, heard the opening statements of lawyers representing opposition parties, which are challenging the outcome of the February vote won by Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

Africanews reports that as the court hearing began, armed security personnel blocked major access roads and prevented a handful of journalists and lawyers from entering the facility. Some protesters waved Nigerian flags and displayed placards, alleging that the electoral process was flawed.

Read More: Nigeria’s opposition party protests outside Elections Commission headquarters

“Why I am demonstrating it is because of the anger and the pain I have as a Nigerian not allowed to express and enjoy the resources of the land,” said protester James Mike, who accused the Nigerian political party of ‘stealing’ the country’s wealth from huge mineral and crude oil resources.

Nigeria’s election commission declared Tinubu the winner of the election in a televised broadcast after he garnered 37 per cent of the votes. However, the two main opposition candidates rejected the result, questioning Tinubu’s qualification and alleging that results from the country’s 177 000 polling stations were tampered with.

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