Army, Police on high alert …As Nigerians await Presidential election results

Palpable anxiety has engulfed Nigerians and the international community at large as the nation awaits results of the presidential elections which were held yesterday, throughout the country.
The Army and the police force have been placed on high alert to quell any disturbances that might arise.
Although, there were about eight presidential candidates jostling for the number one seat in the federation, the contest, according to analysts, had been between the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Earlier, during the campaigns, which were characterized by altercations and mudslinging, President Buhari assured Nigerians that he would provide adequate security to ensure that the election was free and fair, and devoid of violence.
The police and army held series of meetings with stakeholders on ways to forestall disturbances during the elections.
The watchful eyes of men of the Nigeria customs in Lagos, intercepted bales of police uniforms, tear gas canisters and other paraphernalia of the Nigeria Police Force suspected to have been imported into the country by enemies of the country.
It was speculated that the items were meant for formenting trouble during the election.
Peace accords were signed among the contestants at the Federal level and in some states.
Similarly the governments of the United States of America and the United Kingdom, in separate statements, had earlier said that they would closely monitor the activities of individuals, including the security agencies, and would not fail to withhold or withdraw visas of election offenders, including those of their family members.
UK said it would be deploying an extensive observation mission for the forthcoming elections, including coordinating with the EU observers, adding that there would be consequences for individuals found to have encouraged violence to influence the election.
The stand drew the flaks of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai, who threatened that Nigerian forces would kill foreigners who interfer in the internal affairs of the country. Festus Keyamo of the APC campaign office also toed the same line.
European Union Election Observer Mission (EUEOM), however, said that in spite of the comments by Gov. El-Rufai, it would continue its mission in the country.
In a twist, however, a planned visit of former President Bill Clinton of the USA for a meeting with Buhari and Atiku was cancelled as Clinton said that the meeting could be politicized.
He, however, promised to talk to the two dominant candidates before the election.
While the Federal Government insisted that the foreign observers should not “cross the line” as far as the elections are concerned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) assured the Commonwealth Observer Mission that votes from the electorate would decide the results of the polls.
The team also said that they were in Nigeria to observe and not to monitor the elections and promised to write reports after the polls.
Analysts were unable to predict the winner of yesterday’s presidential polls as the candidates had several pluses and minuses.

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