Electoral Tribunal: Obi Gives Clarification, Restates Stance Over Presidential Poll
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections, Peter Obi, has said that he is challenging the process leading to the declaration of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, as the winner of the election and not the declaration itself.
Obi said this during his appearance on Arise TV Monday morning.
The former Anambra State Governor, Mr. Obi has earlier dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and the ruling All Progressives Congress APC to court, seeking redress to what could be described as irregularities during the presidential election.
Mr. Peter Obi has during his national address to the supporters of the Labour Party, affirmed that for one to be addressed as His Excellency, the process through which he gets to the position must be excellent.
Consequently, he has restated that it is the process that he had gone to court to challenge and not necessarily the outcome, which also differentiates his quest from his counterparts seeking redress.
It will be recalled that days after the court ruling granting access to the Labour Party to inspect the electoral material used in the 25th February general poll, the LP Presidential Campaign Council (LP-PCC) spokesman Dr. Yunusa Tanko raised alarm over the refusal of the electoral umpire to allow the party inspects electoral materials as ordered by the court.
“As we speak INEC has chosen to obey the court order given to it to reconfirm. sure the BVAS machine, which they doing right now and ignoring the order granted to us to inspect electoral materials,” he said in the statement dated March 10, 2023.
The Labour Party has, therefore, threatened to instruct party supporters to curtail the flagrant disobedience to court orders by INEC
“We, therefore, want to state that we will not fail to call our supporters to march to INEC offices nationwide in a non-violent protest which is allowed by law. This is to curtail the flagrant disobedience to court orders by INEC.”