Peter Obi speaks for the first time since INEC declared Bola Tinubu the president elect. Addressing the media in Abuja, Obi spoke on the 2023 presidential election which was held on Saturday, he said “We won the election and we will prove it to Nigerians.”
“The election that we just witnessed had been conducted and the results announced as programmed. It is a clear deviation from electoral rules and guidelines contrary to what we were promised.
“This election did not meet the minimum standard expected of a free, fair, transparent and credible election. It will 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 our supposed leaders whom they trusted.
“Let me reassure the good people of Nigeria that we will explore all legal and peaceful options to reclaim our mandate. We won the election and I will prove it to Nigerians,”
“We must now require that we do the right thing in order to generate the right confidence and moral authority to lead. As you know, the structure of society begins and gradually retrogresses when we act rascally and deliberately in the manipulation of rule of law and suppression of the will of the people.
“On this issue (presidential election) I am challenging the process. I will challenge this rascality for the future of the country.
“The court exists for this and they have asked me to go to court and I will be going to court,” the former governor said.
Quipped on if he is under pressure, he said no one can put him under pressure for challenging the rascality.
“Please, be assured that this is not the end but the beginning of a journey for the birth of a new Nigeria.
“Datti and I remain absolutely undaunted and deeply committed to the project of a new Nigeria that will be built on honesty, transparency, fairness, justice, and equity. All the above starts with the process.”
Obi said he had challenged several election results in the past and come out victorious. He promised to approach the court with the firm belief of getting justice.
According to official results from INEC, Labour Party’s Peter Obi gained 25% of the votes, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP came second with 29%, while the declared winner Bola Tinubu have 37%.