In Nigeria, three unsuccessful candidates in the presidential election have asked the ruling military council to annul a declaration that Alhaji Shehu Shagari was the winner.
In Nigeria, three unsuccessful candidates in the presidential election have asked the ruling military council to annul a declaration that Alhaji Shehu Shagari was the winner. The three candidates asked for an immediate meeting of the electoral college. The candidates challenging whether the electoral provisions have been met are Mr. Nnamdi Azikiwe of the Nigerian Peoples Party, Chief Obafemi Owolowo of the Unity Party of Nigeria, and Alhaji Waziri Ibrahim of the Great Nigeria Peoples Party.
SYNOPSIS: The crisis, arising from the opposition to the Federal Electoral Commission's (FEDECO) declaration of the election winner, prompted a meeting between the candidates, and the Head of State General Olusegun Obasanjo. There were five authorised candidates, and all attended.
Among them, Chief Awolowo was one of the most favoured candidate during the campaign. But it was the 54-year-old former Finance Minister, a Moslem, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who was declared the winner. The dispute over the result centres on whether he precisely fulfilled the provisions of a 1977 electoral decree. General Obasanjo called the meeting but its purpose was not immediately disclosed.
But three of the candidates later held a news conference, to announce a court action over the result.