Nigerian musician Burna Boy has cautioned the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against any manipulation of results in the ongoing 2023 general election.
Taking to his Instagram stories on Sunday, the Grammy Award winner urged the INEC to let the results of the ongoing elections reflect the will of the people.
“Let Nigeria decide o! @inecnigeria. No try any result magic,” his post read.
This comes after Burna Boy remained relatively silent ahead of the general election.
He had earlier said in a post that he did not want to support any candidate to sway the votes, especially since he did not have trust in any presidential candidates.
Burna Boy added that if the party eventually wins elections but fails to deliver its mandate, the people would rather turn on him.
Meanwhile, the ‘Ye’ hitmaker’s statements follow a series of allegations of vote rigging in the 2023 general elections.
On Monday evening BBC reported that opposition parties have walked out of the venue where results from Nigeria’s tightly contested presidential elections are being announced.
The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party have claimed there is a lack of transparency with the new electronic voting system.
With about a third of the 36 states officially declared, Bola Tinubu of All Progressive Congress (APC) has 47% of votes cast, as opposed to 27% for Atiku Abubakar of PDP, and 22% for Peter Obi of the Labour Party.
However, most of the results in so far are from the south-west – Mr Tinubu’s stronghold – so the final outcome remains unpredictable.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the PDP have dominated Nigeria since the end of military rule in 1999 but this time, Mr Obi from the previously little known Labour Party is expected to mount a strong challenge to the two-party system.
He has the support of many young people, who make up a third of registered voters. There are 15 other candidates.
A candidate needs to have the most votes and a quarter of ballots cast in 25 of the 36 states plus Abuja to be declared the winner.
Otherwise, there will be a run-off within 21 days – a first in Nigeria’s history.
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