Muhammadu Buhari, the 76-year-old incumbent and flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has won Nigeria’s just-concluded presidential elections, polling over 15 million votes.
Named Africa’s ‘Champion of Anti-corruption’ in 2018, Buhari who no longer needs re-election, will most probably probe and jail all those who had opposed his re-election most vehemently, especially looters, pundits say.
A happy and contented Buhari, in his victory speech, thanked God, those who voted for him, APC national leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, chairman Adams Oshiomhole, campaign chief Rotimi Amaechi, and all who stood by him.
Prominent among Buhari haters, people say, are former President Olusegun Obasanjo who lost his polling unit in Ogun State to Buhari, Senate President Bukola Saraki who lost his senatorial election bid in Kwara State, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
Most intriguing however are the words of one Chiroma Abubakar Samaila who posted on his Facebook page three years ago on January 28, 2015 at exactly 1.00am the following words, which have proved prophetic and true so far and have gone viral on social media since Buhari’s 2019 win…
Samaila wrote: Buhari might likely defeat Goodluck [Jonathan] in this year’s election. And if he does, there will be aggressive fight against corruption and recovery of looted properties. Dasuki and some former governors will be jailed. Then Atiku will emerge PDP presidential aspirant through shady primary to contest against Buhari. Same Atiku will plot a highly sophisticated rigging that will lead to election postponement few hours to go. Then he will lose, but will not accept the result. Buhari will go ahead and investigate the $16 billion meant for power that will land Obasanjo into prison.
If this political movie script by Samaila plays out, it is more than likely that beyond Obasanjo getting probed and jailed, other big looters would suit.
Buhari beat his main rival, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, with four million votes approximately. But Atiku’s People’s Democratic Party [PDP] has rejected the result, claiming discrepancies in the votes collation and announcement by the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC].
Delays and violence marred the run-up to the poll but no independent observer has cited electoral fraud.
Final results released by INEC show that Buhari was re-elected with a turnout of just below 35% of registered voters.