DAURA, Nigeria (Reuters) - The main opposition candidate in Nigeria’s presidential election said on Sunday he would not accept the result and called for President Olusegun Obasanjo to be impeached.
“We will not accept it. Clearly there was no election in more than half of the states,” former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari told Reuters at his home in the northern state of Katsina.
There were widespread reports of rigging in Saturday’s election, including ballot stuffing, missing voting slips and intimidation.
Independent monitors said on Sunday the election should be rerun because many Nigerians had been unable to vote.
Buhari, who lost elections in 2003 to Obasanjo, said he would meet other opposition leaders in the capital Abuja on Monday to agree a common front against the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
He called for the election to be held again before May 29, when Obasanjo must stand down after serving two terms.
“There is a constitutional way out. The National Assembly, which has been recalled by the president of the Senate, should organize the impeachment of the president,” he said.
Buhari accused sections of the military and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of colluding with the PDP to fraudulently ensure the victory of its candidate, Umaru Yar’Adua.
“The PDP has no right to claim victory. If the PDP orders INEC to declare them the winners, then we will ask our supporters to stage peaceful protests at the convenient time,” he said.
“It is likely to be a fatal blow to Nigerian democracy.”
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