With 15,191,847 votes, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Mr Buhari to be the winner. Mr Abubakar’s vote was 11,262,978. Mr Abubakar challenged the outcome in court.
On Monday it was reported that he had gathered at the Court of Appeal a team of lawyers who are currently working on the petition processes. Mr Obasanjo, however, said it would be “subjudice” to talk about the election.
The former president spoke at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Center Abuja on Tuesday at the launch of a book entitled “Election in Nigeria: The Long Road to Democracy,” written by Abdullahi Shehu. The event attracted dignitaries including a former head of state, Yakubu Gowon; human rights activist, Femi Falana; a former Senate vice president, Ibrahim Mantu; Chido Onumah, Among many others, the author of’ We Are All Biafrans.’ “I’m not going to dabble into the details of what I call the current aspect of Prof. Shehu’s book because the emphasis has been on the national election, especially the presidential election, and the presidential election is now being brought to court,” Mr Obasanjo said.
“I think it would be sub judicial to talk about it because it was brought to court,” he added. Mr Obasanjo, too, spoke about the book of Mr Shehu. “The book discusses Nigeria’s election and electoral processes, including why the country’s predictive autumn needs a free fair, transparent and credible election.
Mr Obasanjo said the author was right to review a democratic government’s bedrock. “I think from the review, you’d see that the author had done justice in what he set out to achieve,” not all elections are truly democratic in the introduction in which election is the foundation stone of a democratic government.