U.S congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) made the call on Sunday February 24, 2019
As tention rises over the reluctance or hesitation on the part of Nigeria’s Independent Electoral Commission to officially announce the results, Chris Smith, Ranking member of the U.S House Sub-committee on Africa issued a statement calling on INEC and the Nigerian government to immediately release the results of the just concluded Presidential elections.
The call was made on an official post on his website –https://chrissmith.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=401744
The message reads,
The INEC has repeatedly pushed back on announcing the elections results. It has now promised to meet up at 11 a.m Nigerian Time on Monday, Feb 25, 2019 to address the results issues.
It is widely believed that PDP’s Atiku Abubakar won the elections but that the incumbent president and his ruling APC party are using the military and other means to manipulate the results before the INEC officially announces it. It has also been reported that the opposition party is pushing behind the scenes to have INEC toss out the elections in as many states as possible, enough to either declare the results inconclusive and reorder new elections or declare President Buhari the Winner. The opposition PDP and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar reject either of the two APC alleged plans. Both camps seem to keep an upbeat mode, each claiming they’ve cruised to victory.