“We Won the Election, We Will Prove it to Nigerians”, Says Peter Obi

“We Won the Election, We Will Prove it to Nigerians”, Says Peter Obi

Four days after the presidential election and a day after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the winner, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi picked the gauntlet and declared that he won the election and that he would be approaching the Court to prove it. Breaking

Four days after the presidential election and a day after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the winner, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi picked the gauntlet and declared that he won the election and that he would be approaching the Court to prove it.

Breaking his silence since the election was over, Mr. Obi who came third in the election, winning in 12 states and polling 6,101,533 votes, declared that “we will explore all legal and peaceful options to reclaim our mandate. We won the election and we will prove it to Nigerians”.

Mr. Peter Obi who spoke at a press conference in Abuja faulted the entire process leading to the outcome that produced Senator Bola Tinubu as President-elect saying “If you must be referred to as ”HIS EXCELLENCY” Then the process through which you arrived in office must be excellent”.

Section 133(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 states that: “an election petition may be presented by one or more of the following persons – (a) a candidate in an election; or (b)a political party which participated in the election.

“Please be assured that for Datti and I, and indeed for all of us, this is not the end, but the beginning of the journey to birth a New Nigeria

When asked what evidence he had to prove that he won the election? He responded: “if I tell you everything, what will I tell the courts? You know I’m obidient. They said we should go to court; I will go there and prove it. I will challenge this rascality for the future of this Country. “Let me reiterate and assure my good people of Nigeria that we will follow all available legal and peaceful procedures to reclaim our mandate”.

Section 134.(1) states that an election may be questioned on any of the following grounds – (a) a person whose election is questioned was, at the time of the election, not qualified to contest the election. (b) the election was invalid by reason of corrupt practices on non- compliance with the provisions of this Act;or (c) the respondent was not duly elected by majority of lawful votes cast at the election.

Mr. Obi, however, said Saturday February 25 ” election will probably go down as one of the most controversial elections ever conducted in Nigeria. The good and hardworking people of Nigeria have again been robbed by the institutions and leaders whom we trusted. He lamented that: “Nigerians trooped out en-masse to participate in what was promised and expected to be a free, fair and transparent Presidential and National Assembly elections. But in all things, we are enjoined to give thanks.

“The election has been conducted and results announced as programmed. It is a clear deviation from the electoral rules and guidelines as we were promised and did not meet the minimum criteria of a free, transparent, credible and fair election devoid of voter intimidation and suppression, and late commencement of voting in some specific states”, he lamented.

Mr. Obi who said he was not under any pressure after the outcome of the election was announced by the electoral umpire said:”Datti Baba-Ahmed and I remain absolutely undaunted and deeply committed to this project of a New Nigeria that will be built on honesty, transparency, fairness, justice and equity. All of these starts with the process -The process through which people are elected to office is as important (if not more important) than what they do thereafter with the office and authority.

He continued :”we continue to pray for the repose of the souls of all Nigerians killed during the campaigns and for those that were violently attacked, we pray for their quick recovery. We reiterate our total condemnation of such attacks and continue to demand that security agencies stop further attacks and bring perpetrators to book”.

He, however ,urged his supporters to :” to continue with your campaigns and troop out on Saturday 11th March 2023 to vote massively again for Labour Party-LP (Mama, Papa and Pikin) in the Governorship and State Assembly Elections. Please do not despair at a time when we can still achieve massive victories in the forthcoming elections on the 11th March 2023″.


Below is the full text of the press briefing.

Address to the Nation
Dear Nigerians,
1. On 25th February 2023, Nigerians trooped out en-masse to participate in what was promised and expected to be a free, fair and transparent Presidential and National Assembly elections. But in all things, we are enjoined to give thanks.

2. First to Almighty God for the privilege of making Datti Baba-Ahmed and I, the tools to champion the cause of a New Nigeria that will fundamentally enhance the fortunes of our dear country. Let me also appreciate and thank all Nigerians that participated in our last election especially those who believed and tirelessly worked for a New Nigeria and voted for us. My profound thanks go to the youths, ‘Obidients’ and support groups for your commitment and resilience for a better Nigeria. You truly showed that you can take back your country!

3. We continue to pray for the repose of the souls of all Nigerians killed during the campaigns and for those that were violently attacked, we pray for their quick recovery. We reiterate our total condemnation of such attacks and continue to demand that security agencies stop further attacks and bring perpetrators to book.

4. The commitment and resilience of Nigerians, even in the face of unwarranted and barbaric attacks is a testimony that a New Nigeria is Indeed POssible. The Lady, Jennifer Efidi who was stabbed but insisted on exercising her right to vote and indeed all Nigerians who voted during the election are the shinning stars leading us to a New Nigeria!

5. The election has been conducted and results announced as programmed. It is a clear deviation from the electoral rules and guidelines as we were promised and did not meet the minimum criteria of a free, transparent, credible and fair election devoid of voter intimidation and suppression, and late commencement of voting in some specific states.

6. This will probably go down as one of the most controversial elections ever conducted in Nigeria. The good and hardworking people of Nigeria have again been robbed by the institutions and leaders whom we trusted.

7. However, let me humbly and most respectfully appeal to all Nigerians to remain peaceful, law-abiding and conduct themselves in a most responsible manner. Please be assured that for Datti and I, and indeed for all of us, this is not the end, but the beginning of the journey to birth a New Nigeria.

8. Datti Baba-Ahmed and I remain absolutely undaunted and deeply committed to this project of a New Nigeria that will be built on honesty, transparency, fairness, justice and equity. All of these starts with the process -The process through which people are elected to office is as important (if not more important) than what they do thereafter with the office and authority.

9. If we seek to be called Your Excellency, then the process through which we are elected should also be excellent or sufficiently credible to generate the required confidence and moral authority to govern and lead. As you all know, the destruction of a society can be a gradual or sudden process through acts such as deliberate refusal to obey the rule of law and via the suppression of the will of the people.

10. Let me reiterate and assure my good people of Nigeria that we will follow all available legal and peaceful procedures to reclaim our mandate.

11. I urge you all to continue with your campaigns and troop out on Saturday 11th March 2023 to vote massively again for Labour Party-LP (Mama, Papa and Pikin) in the Governorship and State Assembly Elections. Please do not despair at a time when we can still achieve massive victories in the forthcoming elections on the 11th March 2023.

Thank you all and God bless The Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Mr Peter Obi
Labour Party Presidential Candidate

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