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Mr Obi says he won the election if unlawful votes were to be removed from Mr Tinubu’s scores in Rivers, Benue and many other states.

The Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has explained how he allegedly won but was rigged out in Rivers and Benue States during the collation of the results of the 25 February election.

Mr Obi said this in the petition he filed on Tuesday to challenge the victory of the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, whom the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared as the winner of the poll.

He said he won the election if unlawful votes were to be removed from Mr Tinubu’s scores across many states.

Both Benue and Rivers are part of the 12 states INEC declared as won by Mr Tinubu.

INEC said the president-elect polled 8,794,726 votes to defeat 17 other presidential candidates in the election which was essentially a four-horse race.

Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who similarly won in 12 states, came second with 6,984,520 votes.

Mr Obi, who led in 11 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, came third with 6,101,533 votes.

Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) came fourth with 1,496,687 votes. He won only in Kano State.

PREMIUM TIMES reported earlier that Mr Obi listed Benue and Rivers as part of the 21 states where he is challenging the results of the presidential election.

But the copy of the petition in circulation in the public does not contain the details of the alleged manipulations.

The petition, however, cited the figures declared by INEC and contrasted them with what the petitioners believed to be the true scores from Benue and Rivers.

How Rivers, Benue results were manipulated – Obi

In Rivers, Mr Obi and his party recalled that INEC, at the National Collation Centre in Abuja, announced Mr Tinubu’s votes as 231,591 and theirs as 175,071

The tally put the margin of win between Mr Tinubu and Mr Obi, who came second in the state, as 56,520.

But the petitioners contended that contrary to INEC’s declaration, “the actual scores obtained at the polling units”, showed that they polled 205,110 votes, while Mr Tinubu scored 84,108.

With this, Mr Obi and the Labour Party claimed to have secured 121,002 votes as the margin by which they should have defeated Mr Tinubu and his APC in Rivers State.

In the case of Benue State, the petitioners said INEC “falsely announced” 310,468 as Mr Tinubu’s scores and 308,372 as theirs.

This left Mr Tinubu with 2,096 votes as his margin of win in the state.

Disputing the figures, however, Mr Obi said in his petition that he won the state with 329,003 votes, while Mr Tinubu trailed him with 300,421 votes.

By simple calculation, this would have given Mr Obi 28,582 votes as his margin of win in Benue State.

Mr Obi argued that by INEC’s “unlawful announcement”, he was denied as the winner of the election in Benue and Rivers states.

He told the court that he would prove this during the trial using “the forensic analysis of the election for Rivers State and Benue State made pursuant to the inspection of the election materials as ordered by the court.”

Winning the two states would have jerked up the number of states where Mr Obi led from 11 states to 13 states and the FCT, and reduced Mr Tinubu’s from 12 to 10 states.

If the court accepts Mr Obi’s results from the two states, it would take only 157,483 votes from the about 3 million votes margin by which Mr Tinubu is ahead of him based on the final tally announced by INEC.

Alleged irregularities

Earlier, PREMIUM TIMES reported Mr Obi’s allegation that the election and the collation of the results were marred by either overvoting or wrong computation of Mr Tinubu’s figures in the 21 states

Mr Obi listed both Benue and Rivers among the 10 states where votes were falsely credited to Mr Tinubu.

The 10 states are Rivers, Lagos, Taraba, Benue, Adamawa, Imo, Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, and Plateau.

In the remaining 11 states whose results he is also challenging, the Labour Party candidate alleged that the outcome of the election was marred by overvoting.

He listed Taraba and Borno, the home state of Mr Tinubu’s running mate and vice-president-elect, Kashim Shettima, among the 11 states where the overvoting allegedly occurred.

Alongside Borno and Taraba, the states where the number of votes allegedly surpassed voters duly accredited by voters, according to Mr Obi, are Ekiti, Oyo, Ondo, Taraba, Osun, Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Gombe, Yobe and Niger.

Mr Obi and his party prayed to the court to restore their unlawful votes to them and declare them the winner of the election after discounting the alleged illegal votes in Mr Tinubu’s scores.

Alternatively, they urged the court to cancel the 25 February election and order a rerun.

The INEC, Mr Tinubu, APC, and Mr Shettima are expected to file their separate replies to the petition soon.

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I Won’t Abandon Atiku – Dele Momodu




The Director of Strategic Communications of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council, Dele Momodu, on Monday, insisted that the February 25 presidential election, which produced President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, was manipulated.

In a statement tagged, “I stand on rule of law,” issued a few hours after  Tinubu’s inauguration as Nigeria’s 16th President, Momodu insisted that the judiciary still had to decide the authentic winner of the poll.

Momodu said he would stand by and not abandon the presidential candidate of his party, Atiku Abubakar, for any gains.

The PDP stalwart said, “My position on the state of our country, Nigeria, is simple and straightforward. I’m a loyal member of the PDP who owes absolute allegiance to Nigeria and its rule of law. My political party, the PDP and others, passionately hold the view that the last presidential election was savagely manipulated by the ruling party APC and the cases are already in courts.

“Nothing will make me abandon my party on the altar of convenience and profit. Win or lose, I will continue to stand on this principle without any malice or prejudice against those who think otherwise. Democracy is a game of choice and I’m resolutely standing by our candidate, the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar,  who has taken the honorable and peaceful step of going to court to seek redress. This is the only way we can deepen our hard-earned democracy. Sacrifice is not always convenient but painful.”

He commended those who took the initiative of challenging the electoral outcome in court, saying, “I salute and respect the Wazirin Adamawa and others like my dear friend and brother, former Governor Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate, for promoting the best tenets of democracy in Nigeria and I’m willing to encourage them rather than discourage their onerous quests.”

Last week, the suit filed by the PDP seeking the disqualification of the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, on grounds of alleged double registration, was dismissed by the Supreme Court which ruled that the party lacked the locus to institute the suit in the first instance.

Atiku and Obi both turned down invitations extended to them by Tinubu to attend his inauguration ceremony, citing different reasons, not unrelated to the fact that they are in court to challenge the process that brought him to power.

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Start By Publishing Your Assets, Investments, SERAP Tells Tinubu



As Bola Tinubu assumes Nigeria’s presidency today, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has advised him to promptly make public his assets, income, investments, liabilities and interests. He is also charged to impress it on his vice, Kashim Shettima, to toesame line.

The group, in a letter dated May 27, 2023 and signed by deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, also urged the Lagos State ex-governor to prioritise respect for human rights, media freedom, rule of law and the judiciary.

It recalled Tinubu’s recent promise to “kill corruption,” reminding him that the outgoing administration in 2015 made similar promise that was not kept.

SERAP said: “As Nigerians have witnessed for eight years, (outgoing) President Muhammadu Buhari has neither ‘killed corruption’ nor obeyed court judgments on transparency and accountability.

“Publishing details of your assets, income, investments and liabilities and encouraging your deputy and others to do same would allow Nigerians to know your worth and that of other public officials.

“If your election is upheld by the judiciary, your government can use transparency in asset declarations as a means of promoting public accountability and ending systemic corruption in the country.”

According to the group, Buhari’s “broken promises to make specific details of his assets public and to kill corruption have opened up the country’s political and electoral processes to a money free-for-all, discouraged political participation and contributed to impunity.”

It continued: “Although (outgoing) President Buhari’s march to Aso Rock was predicated, in large part, on his campaign rhetoric to ‘kill corruption’, corruption remains widespread among high-ranking public officials and in ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).

“Making public details of your assets, liabilities and interests would reduce unjust enrichment of public officials, ensure integrity in public offices and promote transparency and accountability, as well as good governance.”

The body noted that enforcement of court judgments is critical to national interest and restoration of rule of law in the country.

SERAP added: “The incoming government, therefore, has a responsibility to improve citizens’ trust and confidence in government. But it will be difficult for the new government to be trusted if its leaders do not come clean about their assets and income.

“Disclosure of income, assets and conflicts of interest can serve as powerful tools to draw attention to abuse of public office, help prosecute corrupt offenders and create a culture of scrutiny in the public sector.”


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2023 Northern Presidency Failed Because Peter Obi Left PDP – Okowa




The outgoing Delta State Governor and 2023 vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa has stated that a northerner could have succeeded President Muhammadu Buhari if Peter Obi didn’t leave the PDP.

According to Okowa, the PDP had analyzed and concluded on how to present a northern candidate, with a southern running mate as the best way to counter the All Progressives Congress (APC) from getting massive bloc votes in the 2023 elections.

The party threw its presidential ticket open with a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar eventually emerging as the PDP candidate.

However, the Delta State Governor said the decision of Obi to join the race for the ticket threw up southeast and religious sentiments and his eventual decision to dump the party for the Labour Party affected the votes of the PDP.

He made the submission during a chat with journalists on Sunday in Asaba.

According to Okowa, the northern presidency would have succeeded if Obi didn’t leave the PDP.

“I belong to the PDP and for me as a person and for the majority of the people in the PDP, they believed that our pathway to victory was to have a northern candidate and a southern vice,” he said.

“Why? Because we were not a majority.”

“The only thing that turned our reasoning out was when Obi came out from the south-east and there were a lot of feelings that came in among the Christians.

“So it ate very deep into our votes and that is what led to the loss of the elections,” Okowa added.

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