A defeated candidate for the Nigerian presidency, Chief Obafem Awolowo, has claimed this year's elections were rigged.
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SV: Chief Awolowo addressing convention
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GV: of Chief Awolowo still addressing convention
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AWOLOWO: "It is clear that the NPN has acceded to power by fouling the electoral process. We have seen that, in fouling the process, the NPN was not alone - indeed by itself alone there was very little the NPN could do which would have made any noticeable impact. But the FEDECO and practically all the Organs of Government were involved in the foul game. It stands to reason that, having fouled the game once to advantage and with impunity, the NPN would want to try it again to perpetuate itself in office as its National Chairman has recently given the whole world to understand.
In this respect, it would be remembered that some of those who played a prominent role in the blatant, colossal and widespread rigging of elections in 1965 are today among those who are equally prominent in the leadership of the NPN, and in the rigging of the last elections. WE are all witnesses to the dire and tragic consequences of the fraudulent acts of 1965 including the long, painful and distressing abeyance of democracy and the rule of law.
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Background: A defeated candidate for the Nigerian presidency, Chief Obafem Awolowo, has claimed this year's elections were rigged. In Lagos, at the National Convention of his Unity Party (UPN) Chief Awolowo criticised the election conduct of the rival National Party (NPN) the Federal Election Commission and the judiciary. Chief Awolowo lost the presidential contest to the National Party 's Mr Alhaji Shehu Shagari.
SYNOPSIS: Two thousand delegates from all nineteen federation states attended the UPN convention. The Unity Party was one of five political groups which entered the election contest, a contest Chief Awolowo claimed was unfair.