The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi has reacted to the emergence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, as the February 25th presidential election winner.
Recall, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the former Governor of Lagos State as the winner of the fiercely contested position after amassing higher voter turnout ahead of his counterparts from other political parties.
From the outcome of results presented to INEC by State Collation Officers, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, came second behind Tinubu while Labour Party (LP) candidate, Peter Obi, emerged third in the race.
As one of the top four major contenders for the nation’s number one political position, the New Nigeria Peoples’ Party (NNPP) presidential candidate, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, came far fourth in the race.
Speaking on behalf of Obi in a press conference after Tinubu’s declaration, the vice presidential candidate of the party, Baba-Ahmed said the Labour Party won the presidential election and would reclaim its mandate in due course.
He noted that since election results were unable to be transmitted electronically, there was no election.
His words: “It’s our position that the results of the purported election did not meet the minimum standard of elections-Datti Baba-Ahmed, Labour Party Vice Presidential Candidate
“We will continue the struggle and we urge Nigerians to continue to struggle for their rights.
“Irrespective of the low level of confidence that we have in the system, we appeal to Nigerians to move out and vote for the Labour Party in the forthcoming governorship and state assembly elections.
“The Electoral Act 2022 provides that election result shall be electronically transmitted, this was not done it means the election did not hold.”
“We ask Nigerians to continue to exercise their civic duties like they did in the last exercise.
“We won this election, they refused to upload the results on IREV, the Nigerian people are winners, Nigerians are waiting for Peter Obi and I to get the power.
“We won the election as Labour Party, we are going to claim our mandate as Labour Party, we are going to rescue Nigeria as Labour Party.“