Former vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the recently concluded presidential elections, Atiku Abubakar, has attributed the low voter turnout across the country today to “irregularities” surrounding the presidential elections which he lost to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Backstory: The PDP candidate who is currently contesting the result of the presidential elections in court, made the observation on Saturday while speaking to members of the press after casting his vote at the Ajiya polling unit 02 of Gwadabawa ward of Yola North Local Government in Adamawa State.
“There is low voter turnout and I believe it’s because of the last election which was marred by a lot of irregularities”, he said.
He however urged voters to come out and participate in the elections in a law abiding manner that ensures peace at the polls.
Addressing his defeat at the last presidential polls, Atiku stated that he remains committed in his plans to challenge the results of the election in court, calling on his supporters to remain peaceful as the legal process plays out.
Meanwhile, Atiku’s PDP won his polling unit today even though he had lost it two weeks ago to President Buhari.
Bottom Line: Atiku’s claim is not backed by historical facts. In 2011 and 2015, the turnouts in the governorship polls were also substantially less than that of the presidential which held earlier. So the decline in interest across elections has been consistent.