In his first speech following the release of the official results, Obi vowed to prove that he had been unfairly denied victory and urged his followers to keep fighting.
“The supposedly trustworthy leaders of Nigeria’s people have once again looted them,” In a midday news conference in the capital, Abuja, Obi declared, “We would investigate all legal and peaceful measures to reclaim our mandate.
We will demonstrate to Nigerians that we won the election. Don’t give up, I beg you.
His statements were not backed up by any proof.
He urged people to remain peaceful and law-abiding as he said, “We were requested to attend to the court. We should go there. To protect the nation’s future, I will challenge this rascality. The journey toward the creation of a new Nigeria is just getting started, not the end.
Obi, who is well-liked by youthful voters, was predicted to win the election in various polls conducted before the voting on Saturday. A probable run-off seemed plausible for the first time in Nigerian political history due to the many commentators’ predictions that the election would be so closely contested.
A candidate must receive at least 25% of the vote in 24 of Nigeria’s 36 states and Abuja in order to be considered the victor. They also need to receive a majority of the popular vote. A second round was not necessary because Tinubu met both requirements.
The swearing-in ceremony for Tinubu, who will succeed outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been in office since 2015, will take place on May 29 barring any contrary ruling from the courts.
Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, who came in second with 6.9 million votes, said the election “was horribly defective in every material detail and as such, must be contested by all of us.
He referred to the announcement of the results by the electoral commission as they stand as a “rape of democracy” and stated that he was conferring with attorneys to determine his next course of action.
“The party will convene, and we’ll decide our course of action from there,” he told the media. We are awaiting the recommendations of our attorneys as they analyze the election results.
Following the announcement of the results, a number of observer missions criticized the election process, stating that a new portal created for openness and efficiency had not significantly improved the process.
Barry Andrews, the leader of the European Union’s observation team, claimed that INEC lacked effective preparation and openness during crucial phases of the voting process.
The election was “marred by very poor organization… and multiple incidences of violence,” according to a coalition of Nigerian civil society organizations, and failed to meet the “credibility criterion” for it.
In order to honor “all those who died during the electioneering process,” Obi requested a moment of silence to begin the eagerly anticipated news conference.
The former governor of Anambra in southeast Nigeria said he and his running companion were dedicated to contesting the results of the election which “did not meet the basic criteria required” in court and were grateful to “the youths that believed and worked relentlessly for a better Nigeria”.
The leaders of the Labour Party, People’s Democratic Party, and African Democratic Congress (ADC) jointly addressed the media on Wednesday, denouncing the election as a “sham” and calling for its annulment. They also requested that INEC president Mahmood Yakubu stand down from his post for someone else “outside the commission” to conduct new elections.
Nonetheless, Obi insisted that he was not acting in concert with or as a result of pressure from the international community and that he was not a member of any coalition that was contesting the results of the referendum. But, he urged all Nigerians keen to witness a fair process to take part.
The leader of the Labour Party has a history of protracted legal disputes throughout his political career.
The Anambra governorship elections were held three years earlier, and the Supreme Court certified Obi the legitimate winner in 2006. Chris Ngige, then a member of the PDP, was removed from his position as labor minister.
The ruling has set a precedent in Nigeria’s political system and is the reason that only 28 states will have governorship elections on March 11. Later, Obi won a legal battle establishing that his tenure began when he was sworn into office rather than after the election was held.
After being impeached by the state assembly in 2007, the Supreme Court also restored Obi.
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