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Nigerian opposition leader Peter Obi who was ahead in vote collation before election servers went offline will seek legal redress to reclaim stolen mandate
Peter Obi the Nigerian opposition leader and presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) has said he will seek all legal means to reclaim his stolen mandate. He made the declaration during a press conference at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Tuesday.
“If you must answer his excellency, the process by which you arrived at the office must be excellent,” Obi said, taking a swipe at Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) who was declared winner of last Saturday presidential election. The election was marred by violence, intimidation, vote rigging, vote buying, compromise of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) computer systems and disenfranchisement.
The confident Peter Obi promised to reveal all what that transpired on Election Day likening it to daylight robbery.
“We will explore all legal and peaceful options to reclaim our mandate. We won the election and we will prove it to Nigerians,”
“Elections have been conducted and results announced as programmed. It is a clear diversion from electoral rules and guidelines as we were promised. This election as you know did not meet the minimum standard expected of a free, transparent, credible, fair election. It would go down as one of the most controversial elections ever conducted in Nigeria.”
Observing a one minute silence for victims of Saturday’s electoral violence
“The good and hardworking people of Nigeria have again been robbed by our supposed leaders whom they trusted. However, let me humbly appeal to most Nigerians to remain peaceful, law abiding and conduct themselves in the most responsible manner,” Mr Obi stated.
When question on what evidence he had to prove that the election was stolen. He explained that the number of voters who participated in the exercise dropped compared to those who participated in 2019. This decline does not reflect 2023’s more than eleven million newly registered voters because of the manipulation by contenders from the ruling party in connivance with INEC officials.
“In 2015 the number of registered voters… are about 67 million registered voters and 29.4[million] voted. In 2019 that tally increased to about 80/84 million and about 24 million voted, and we were told that about 11 million registered in 2022 which brought the registration to about 95[million] but 87 [million] collected their PVC… but only 23.3 million voted.
“The voters dropped by over twenty percent instead of increasing, the reason due to manipulation and reduction and removal and increase of votes here and there because otherwise the number is supposed to have increased…,” Obi said. “And we have chosen that we’ll challenge this rascality for the future of this country.”
Peter Obi flanked by LP officials held a minute silence for those killed on Saturday and prayed for those injured during the voting exercise.
He called on Nigerians not to despair thanking them wholeheartedly for their continued support to reclaim Nigeria. He called on Nigerians to vote for LP in the upcoming gubernatorial and state assembly election.
“I urge you all to continue with your campaigns and troop out on Saturday 11th March 2023 to vote massively again for Labour Party-LP (Mama, Papa and Pikin) in the Governorship and State Assembly Elections. Please do not despair at a time when we can still achieve massive victories in the forthcoming elections on the 11th March 2023. Thank you all and God bless The Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
His call comes after (INEC) refused repeated calls by the LP and other opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the African Democratic Congress (ADC) to suspend the collation of the results and cancel the election due to reported widespread irregularities.
Akowe with reports from Abuja