#NigeriaDecides2019Result: Are Nigerians Feeling Election Was Rigged?
Just like fake news took over social media the day Nigeria's general election began, a trend, #NigeriaDecidesRigged, appeared on Monday, with so much comments that are casting a dark shade on the general elections.
It surfaced while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was still announcing results from different states.
Rage, displeasure and everything in between were posted by Twitter users following that trend, with many of them claiming that the election was rigged.
There have been several observations by some party agents at the INEC Collation Centre for election results in Abuja, ranging from over-voting to figures' inconsistency, but the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has said the electoral body would look into their concerns.
Before the trend #NgieriaDecidesRigged, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had rejected the election results being announced, saying they do not reflect the results that was announced at the polling units.
While the PDP says it has evidence, the INEC had told witnesses at the Collation Centre that the results were collated electronically and that the collation was to reconcile the results earlier received and what was recorded at polling units.
A leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, had earlier commended INEC for the conduct of the election, saying it was free, fair and credible.
But comments online trailing the hashtag, #NigeriaDecidesRigged, pointed fingers at issues that had been raised by the party agents at the Collation Centre.
Some claimed the rigging started when the postponement of the election and others say the figures were contradictory and do not reflect the will of the people.
Most of the comments also lay hold on the days that are to follow the elections, but people are concerned that social network commentators do not really participate in the polls.
With the comments and reactions, it is becoming obvious that the opposition party will surely head to court.
Here are some of the #NigeriaDecidesRigged comments.