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Verdict 2019: An electoral hesit or a “shellacking”?

When the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, finished counting the votes by midnight on Wednesday, a whole of four days following last weekend’s presidential election, the results stood at Mr. Muhammadu Buhari winning, with 15.2 million votes nationwide, accounting according to the INEC results with about 3.9 million more votes than his closet opponent, Mr. Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, who reportedly scored 11.3 million votes. Statistical polls released by INEC showed that only 36.5% of registered voters participated in this presidential election against the 44.6% recorded turnout in the 2015 election that brought Mr. Buhari to power. But there’s more to these results, and it raises a lot very uncomfortable questions, and ought to alert Nigerians to the true significance of the events.

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