The African Action Congress (AAC) Omoyele Sowore, who is running for president in 2023, claims that the injustice he encountered when running for president in 2019 has spread to the candidates who ran last Saturday.
In his post-election comment, Sowore said that the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) announcement of the election results did not accurately reflect Nigerians’ actual desire.
Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress, was declared the winner and president-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday morning.
The 70-year-old former governor of Lagos State, Tinubu, was named the winner after receiving 8,794,726 votes.
Tinubu triumphed against rival candidates Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi of the Labour Party, and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party.
Sowore said, “The election has come but it has not gone,” in his assessment of what transpired during the vote. The irony of this most recent election is that. One election where the winners cannot rejoice since they received nothing is this one.
“Of course, the losers feel dissatisfied because they were unsuccessful. But the Nigerian people, who formerly had the chance to select leaders in a normal and legal manner, are the largest losers in this election, as is customary. And as a voter in that election, I’m here to tell you that this one isn’t any different from the one I took part in in 2019—in fact, it’s worse.
“Yet the irony is that in 2019 I was informed that I had no right to speak because I did not receive a significant number of votes. It’s interesting to note that people who said that then have now experienced what we have since 2019 and in 2019. We won’t tell our followers to make fun of anyone, and we are not here to do so.
“We’re here to talk about the serious sociopolitical problems our nation is facing. You’ve probably also observed that as of yesterday night, the phrase “Revolution” or “RevolutionNow” has returned to the vocabulary of the Nigerian election process or national discourse because, at long last, everyone is aware of what happened in 2019 that inspired us to create the hashtag.
“There has been a significant shift in consciousness, and we want to thank everyone who has consistently spoken up both online and offline in favor of a systemic change. “This election by our own criteria did not meet any conditions that stipulate in particular that every election result must be scanned and uploaded to INEC system,” Sowore continued.