In Nigeria, three unsuccessful candidates in the presidential election have asked the ruling military council to annul a declaration that Alhaji Shehu Shagari was the winner.
GV Motorway sign to Lagos.
LV EXTERIOR Building at Dodan barracks.
SV INTERIOR President elect Alhaji Shehu Shagari (standing with glasses) enters room with Malam Aminu Kano seated second from left with glasses.
CU PAN FROM Dr. Azikiwe signing book ACROSS another official TO Alhaji Waziri Ibrahim (on right with moustache).
CU Chief Awolowo signing book.
CU Shagari seated.
SV General Olusegun Obasanjo enters in uniform and sits.
CU Newsmen with cameras.
CU EXTERIOR Ibrahim talks to a journalist.
CU Malam Aminu Kano talks to a journalist.
GV EXTERIOR Eco Holiday Inn.
SV INTERIOR Newsmen seated.
CU Dr. Azikiwe speaking in English, while Obafemi Awolowo sits nearby. (3 SHOTS)
SV Newsmen seated.
CU Alhaji Waziri Ibrahim speaking in English.
REPORTER: "Would you tell us what the talks were all about?"
REPORTER: "Do you now agree to join the others?"
AMINU: "What others?"
AMINU: "Join them in what...?"
AZIKIWE: "On behalf of our three political parties, and in the name of the vast majority of people of Nigeria, we, we reject in its entirety, we reject in its entirety, and without any reservation whatsoever, the declaration of Alhaji Shehu Shagari as president elect. We have decided to challenge the FEDECO decision in the law courts. Notwithstanding the court action and to save this nation further anxiety and uncertainty, we call upon the supreme Military Council and the highest legislative and executive authorities, to annul the declaration of FEDECO of Alhaji Shehu Shagari as president elect, and ensure that an electoral college is convened forthwith to conclude properly the presidential election as provided by law."
IBRAHIM: "You cannot give any credit to the N.P.N. (National Party of Nigeria) for getting figures out of rigging. You can do nothing about rigging. They rigged super-rigging."
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Background: In Nigeria, three unsuccessful candidates in the presidential election have asked the ruling military council to annul a declaration that Alhaji Shehu Shagari was the winner. The three candidates asked for an immediate meeting of the electoral college. The candidates challenging whether the electoral provisions have been met are Mr. Nnamdi Azikiwe of the Nigerian Peoples Party, Chief Obafemi Owolowo of the Unity Party of Nigeria, and Alhaji Waziri Ibrahim of the Great Nigeria Peoples Party.
SYNOPSIS: The crisis, arising from the opposition to the Federal Electoral Commission's (FEDECO) declaration of the election winner, prompted a meeting between the candidates, and the Head of State General Olusegun Obasanjo. There were five authorised candidates, and all attended.
Among them, Chief Awolowo was one of the most favoured candidate during the campaign. But it was the 54-year-old former Finance Minister, a Moslem, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who was declared the winner. The dispute over the result centres on whether he precisely fulfilled the provisions of a 1977 electoral decree. General Obasanjo called the meeting but its purpose was not immediately disclosed.
But three of the candidates later held a news conference, to announce a court action over the result.