Two days after he was declared winner of last Saturday’s presidential election, no western leader has called to congratulate Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election as President of Nigeria.
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party has refused to accept the result of the election, which they said was manipulated by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission in favour of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC.)
But the PDP agent at the collation centre declined to sign the results and the PDP candidate, Abubakar Atiku also rejected the verdict and said he would challenge it in the court. In a press conference on Wednesday, Atiku ramped up the rejection by raising issues of ‘statistical impossibility’ about the results in some states of Nigeria.
China on Wednesday congratulated Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election as President of Nigeria.
Nigeria is China’s strategic partner of cooperation in Africa Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a daily news conference in Beijing.
“China always attaches high importance to bilateral ties and stands ready to work with the new Nigerian government to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in various fields and bring more benefits to the two peoples,” Lu said.
British Minister of State for Africa, Harriet Baldwin also said the results were consistent with the results obtained through the civil society Parallel Vote Tabulation process.
“Along with our international partners, the UK believes the Nigerian people can have confidence in the result,” she said.
But as is custom, the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May has yet to speak with Buhari.
President of Ghana Nanna Akufo Addo congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on victory at the polls.
Addo on his twitter handle wrote:
The Ghanaian people, their government and I extend warm congratulations to His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) on his re-election, for a second successive term, as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the elections of Saturday 23rd February, 2019. pic.twitter.com/azLV2nhatq
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) February 27, 2019
The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, also took to his twitter handle to congratulate President Buhari on his victory.
He wrote: “Congratulations H.E. @MBuhari on your re-election for a second term as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Your victory is a clear demonstration of the trust and confidence the people of Nigeria have in your ability to lead the country to greater heights of progress.
The announced early Wednesday that incumbent Buhari, also the candidate of the governing All Progressives Congress party, topped the poll with 55.6 per cent of the total valid votes in the presidential election.
It also presented the certificate of return as president-elect to Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday.