Rep Chris Smith,
U.S Congress

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  –

The message reads,

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement on the elections in Nigeria:

“Yesterday, Nigeria voted. Today, votes are being counted. I am very concerned by credible reports that the vote is being tampered with. To avoid any manipulation of the tally, it is critical that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announce without delay actual results — which are certified by party agents and observers — at each polling unit as the vote is tabulated.

“Well-placed sources report that in some states and localities — including Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, Abia — INEC commissioners are receiving enormous pressure to alter poll results.  This must not be allowed to happen.

“The eyes of the United States, of Africa, and the world are upon Nigeria and INEC.  I also ask Secretary Michael Pompeo to hold accountable anyone who seeks to cheat the Nigerian people — who have waited patiently — of their vote or foments violence.”

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.