Labour National Youth Leader tells electoral body to declare Peter Obi the winner following the chaotic presidential and parliamentary elections in Nigeria
The Nigerian Labour Party (LP) National Youth Leader Kennedy Ahanotu in a press statement released Monday demanded that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declare the leading presidential candidate Peter Obi as President-Elect. As the election was marred by various irregularities in contravention of the Electoral Act of 2022.
“It is now obvious to us that some unscrupulous elements hiding under the electoral umpire and in visible partnership with the electoral umpire INEC have concluded to derail our growing democracy. This is unacceptable.” Ahanotu said.
Results dashboards created from results data from polling centres before they were uploaded to the INEC portal showed the LP leading in 24 states out of Nigeria’s 36 states.
“The results being announced does not reflect and correspond with the results of the votes casted by Nigerians at their various polling units.” The youth leader declared after the INEC Collation Centre in Abuja the Nigerian capital began announcing the results.
On Sunday the LP National Chairman Julius Abure disowned the results announced by INEC due to the fact that figures were manipulated at the state collation centres of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) states before transmission to Abuja.
Due to the popular demand principle the youth leader called on INEC to declare Obi the winner.
“That His Excellency Mr Peter Obi be declared the winner of 2023 Presidential Election and be returned as elected with the popular demand principle.” Ahanotu added.
“That further collation of the various state election result in the International Conference Center ICC be suspended henceforth without same result being uploaded or readily available on the INEC IREV platform.” He went on to ask of suspension of the collation of the results forthwith.
The youth leader also called for an inquiry into the Ekiti state results where votes were bought with $100 bills and a woman photo was uploaded as the poll result for a ward.
Ahanotu went on to thank the Nigerian people for remaining calm in face of provocation and assured all of victory.
Akowe with reports from Abuja
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