L’opposition veut reporter les élections présidentielles au Nigéria/ The opposition wants to postpone the presidential elections in Nigeria

Selon l’Associated Press:

Les principaux partis d’opposition au Nigeria se sont unis ce mercredi pour demander l’annulation des scrutins locaux de samedi dernier, qualifiés de «simulacres d’élections», et exigé le report de la présidentielle qui doit avoir lieu ce week-end.

Un communiqué signé par 18 partis, dont ceux rattachés aux deux principaux groupes de l’opposition, ont également appelé les Nigérians à «protester d’une manière non-violente» contre les résultats annoncés jusqu’ici par les autorités pour les élections de samedi dernier, lors desquels de nombreuses accusations de fraude ont émergé. Les partis ont enfin exigé le remplacement de la Commission électorale.

Les partis, dont ceux des candidats principaux de l’opposition, le général Muhammadu Buhari et le vice-président Atiku Abubakar, ont exigé un «terrain d’égalité» pour tous les candidats et menacé de boycotter la présidentielle de samedi, censée déboucher sur la première passation de pouvoir entre dirigeants élus du pays.

Opposition parties in Nigeria wants the elections postponed. Daily Telegraph

Nigeria’s main opposition parties called for the indefinite postponement of Saturday’s presidential poll in the wake of widespread allegations that last weekend’s state elections were a “sham”.

An 18-member coalition of the main opposition parties today called for a boycott of the nationwide vote until “transparency and fairness” could be guaranteed, and rejected the results of the regional poll.

The coalition released a statement, saying: “Nigerians have lost confidence in the integrity of this government and its ability to conduct free, fair and credible elections.”

The impending presidential poll, expected to lead to the first handover of power from one civilian president to another since independence from Britain in 1960, was marred by renewed violence in Kano today as Nigerian troops battled gunmen following a deadly attack on a police station yesterday.

The attack came despite attempts by authorities to step up security following election-day violence last Saturday that claimed the lives of more than 20 people amid allegations of widespread abuses across Africa’s most populous country.

The European Union joined the criticism of the conduct of the poll for state governors and warned that the Independent National Electoral Commission should seriously consider re-running the election in several states.

Olusegun Obasanjo, a former military ruler and the current president, was elected in 1999, ending decades of near-constant military rule and coups d’etat that overturned periodic civilian administrations.

Mr Obasanjo’s 2003 re-election was marred by violence and accusations of rigging. He is prevented from running again by constitutional term limits.