Nigerian opposition leader calls on supporters to remain law abiding following inauguration of Bola Tinubu whose victory is currently disputed in court
Nigerian opposition leader Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) has called on supporters to remain calm, peaceful and law abiding following the inauguration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the country’s 16th “president” on Monday.
“I call on fellow Nigerians, especially the youths to remain steadfast, calm, patient, and peaceful. Our journey may be long and difficult but it is worth it in every way. Victory is assured.” Obi said in a tweet.
He told supporters to respect the Judiciary. “I urge everyone to treat it with the respect and dignity it deserves. We expect that the Nigerian judiciary will use the election cases now before it to reaffirm its independence and integrity. It has to do so, for all our sakes and for itself.”
“We have to work together to move our beautiful country from corruption and criminality to a centre of productivity rather than aimless consumption.” He urged.
He warned supporters that campaigns of disinformation against his person will ensue as his petition challenging the victory of Bola Tinubu progresses through the Presidential Elections Petitions Tribunal (PEPT).
“I am aware of some evil designs being hatched against me and my supporters in the coming months. Efforts will be made to taint my image. Campaigns of calumny are being perfected to defame my character and diminish my hard-earned integrity.” Obi said.
“These schemes will aim at degrading our support base and confusing the public. But, no evil campaign will alter the substance of my character; nor diminish my patriotic commitment to a better Nigeria.” The opposition leader stated.
The popular opposition leader whose “Obidient” movement shook up the Nigerian political landscape stated that it wasn’t about him but the future of Nigerian youths.
“It is about the future of our youths. it is about ending the Years of Locust. In all of this, I thank Nigerians, our great party (LP) and the media. The latter, as the Fourth Estate of the realm, has remained a trusted ally.” Obi thanking the press for a being a reliable ally and stressing. “This Estate must continue to guide our people on the immense promise of a future in a new Nigeria. God bless Nigeria and protect the troops keeping us safe in this season of vaulting insecurity.”
He vowed to continue the struggle for a new and better Nigeria and pleaded with supporters to remain steadfast.
“I will never shrink from that original commitment, because I firmly believe that we must change from the present politics of criminality, and corruption, in order to make a new Nigeria possible.”
Akowe with reports from Abuja