Nigeria’s third-placed presidential candidate, Peter Obi, strongly rejected the outcomes and vowed to contest them within the courts, in his first public handle since Saturday’s election.
Obi mentioned he rejected the victory of Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress get together, who was declared the winner with shut to eight.8 million votes – about 36.6% of the whole.
The 61-year-old candidate, who galvanized the youth vote, acquired about 6 million votes, in accordance the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), simply behind former vp Atiku Abubakar of the Folks’s Democratic Celebration.
Obi mentioned he ought to have been declared the winner.”We are going to discover all authorized and peaceable choices to reclaim our mandate. We gained the election and we are going to show it to Nigerians,” Obi mentioned in a televised press briefing from Abuja on Thursday, alleging the method was rigged.
“This election didn’t meet the minimal commonplace anticipated of a free, clear, credible and honest election,” he mentioned. “It can go down as one of the controversial elections ever carried out in Nigeria. The great and hardworking individuals of Nigeria have been robbed by our supposed leaders whom they trusted.”
bi mentioned he was hopeful of a positive end result to his promised authorized problem. “I do know the courts will do the best factor. The way forward for their youngsters is concerned,” he mentioned.
Wearing his trademark black shirt and trousers, emblazoned along with his Labour Celebration brand, Obi was in excessive spirits as he took questions on the media briefing held at an Abuja resort.
As he left the venue, Obi was mobbed by a crowd of supporters with many chanting his title and others saying “My President.”
Obi will not be new to election authorized battles: In 2007, he was reinstated as governor of southeastern Anambra state three months after he was impeached by the state parliament.
He was returned to workplace by the courts on two different events, after the INEC declared his opponents as winners of the gubernatorial elections he contested.
Saturday’s election was dogged with controversy, with a number of observers together with the European Union saying the election fell wanting expectations and “lacked transparency.”
The ballot additionally witnessed a low voter turnout. Greater than 93 million individuals registered to vote, in accordance with INEC, however solely 87 million obtained a voter card, a fundamental requirement to vote. However the electoral fee mentioned on Wednesday that solely 24 million legitimate votes had been counted, representing a turnout of simply 26% — a determine a lot decrease than the final elections in 2019 when round a 3rd of registered voters ended up voting.
The election was additionally blighted by pockets of violence, with many citizens in Lagos complaining of intimidation and makes an attempt to suppress their votes.