Peter Obi has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to grant his team of legal experts the access they need to do their work, amid Labor’s ongoing efforts to challenge the results of the February 25 presidential election.
All Progressives Congress Party (APC)’s Bora Ahmad Tinnub has declared himself president, facing strong opposition from the Labor Party and the People’s Democratic Party.
At their respective news conferences, the two accused election referees of abandoning guidelines issued before the election.
Commenting further on INEC’s performance on Twitter on Friday, the former Anambra state governor said what the commission had done last month had only deepened Nigerians’ frustration.
Obi slammed what he called INEC’s blatant manipulation of the rule of law, stressing that the commission should not be an obstacle to his access to justice through the courts.
He also urged Nigerians, especially young people, to replicate the energy invested in tomorrow’s elections, saying it was possible to build a new country.
“With poverty, insecurity, corruption, unemployment, and the growing failure of our education and health systems, the overall state of our dear country and economy is troubling,” Obi wrote. What has been done is even more disturbing. It only adds to our misery, the frustration of our people and the deterioration of our country.
“All of us, including many local and international observers, regret the poor performance of the February 25 presidential election. It was clear that this was a deliberate and gross breach of agreed rules and regulations. The most heinous manipulation to suppress and subvert the will of the people.
“As we have been directed to go to court, we appeal to INEC to provide all required materials and to enable our legal and technical teams to do their job. International Electrotechnical Commission Should not be an obstacle in our efforts to bring justice to a new Nigeria!
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“History tells us that through the deliberate manipulation of the rule of law and suppression of the will of the people, the destruction of societies can be gradual or sudden. However, the creativity of Nigerians, especially our youth, in responding to the needs and urgency of a new Nigeria Far from weakening our spirits, enthusiasm, patriotism, and unrelenting optimism doubly inspire us. This is a demand whose time has come.
“While we all know and can see deliberate and unpatriotic efforts to hold us back from freedom, rest assured that while we may be delayed, a New Nigeria will never be denied!
“That’s why we have to repeat on 18th March 2023 the victory we won on 25th February. Our victory is not for Datti Baba-Ahmed and me but for Nigeria and Nigerians especially those who aspire to have unlimited opportunity for a better future for young people.”
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