by Isi Esene
INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega has declared Gen. Muhammadu Buhari the president-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The announcement was done in the early hours of today at the INEC collation centre in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory in the presence of party agents.
While making his declaration, Jega said that “Muhammadu Buhari, APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby returned the winner.”
There was, however, a mild drama before the declaration as Bello Fadile, the PDP agent who was invited to sign the result sheets refused to do so. When called upon to append his signature to the INEC document, he spoke briefly to Prof. Attahiru Jega, shakes his hand and walked away.
It is not clear exactly what this means for the mandate given to Buhari but observers believe that the ruling PDP may be gearing up to institute a case in court regardless of the fact that Jonathan conceded defeat to the opposition candidate.
This is akin to the scenario which played out in Ekiti state last year when ex-governor Kayode Fayemi congratulated Ayo Fayose for his victory at the polls but later dragged the PDP to court to contest his victory.