The Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi has vowed to challenge the process of the Saturday February 25th presidential election in court.
Speaking in a press briefing a day after the certificate of return for the presidential election was handed over to the APC presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu he said , “We will explore all the legal and peaceful means to recliam our mandate. We won the election. Datti and I are committed to mandate of Nigerians.”
Responding to a question on evidence that the election was manipulated, Obi said he doesn’t want to answer questions on his way to the court.
Foreign observers said the elections were flawed and the Labour Party had earlier faulted the process of collating the result of last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly Elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), saying it will challenge the outcome in court.
The party further alleges that most of its members were deliberately disenfranchised through varied means across the country especially in its strongholds.
In a statement issued on Sunday by the National Secretary, Alhaji Umar Farouk Ibrahim , he said while the party made inroads with high votes in most parts of Northern Nigeria, LP members were deliberately prevented from voting, chased away violently from polling units, or had ballot papers and boxes destroyed and burnt in others.
He cited Lagos, Rivers, Bayelsa, Kano, Yobe and Edo states among places where such acts were rampantly perpetrated in violation of the electoral act 2022 as amended.
Umar said in some places, INEC staff and electoral materials were not deployed to areas that are known to be strongholds of Labour Party, or deployed late to frustrate the party supporters who, psychologically got tired of waiting and had to leave the polling units for the fear of the unknown.
Obi while criticizing the electoral process which he described as substandard said ” if you want to be called his excellency,the process that produces you has to be excellent”.
He called on his supporters to remain calm and law abiding.