Obi dismisses rumours on planned #ENDINEC protest, blames ‘opposition’

March 17, 2023
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The Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, on Friday, dismissed claims on the planned protest against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over its alleged poor handling of last month’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

Obi, who reacted to the move on his Twitter handle, insisted that he would follow due process in his campaign against the outcome of the election.

The former Anambra State governor, however, alleged the move was masterminded by the opposition.

He wrote: “My attention has been drawn to social media postings suggesting that a nationwide groundswell “#ENDINEC”, “#ENDNigeria” Protest is being planned by the Obidients. We are aware that those postings are being orchestrated by the opposition.

“My position is clear: Without prejudice to constitutional dictates on freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, I have publicly stated that in the matter of reclaiming our stolen mandate, we shall do so robustly, via the Courts and Due Process.

READ ALSO: Obi rates 2023 presidential poll worst in Nigeria’s history

“Regardless of the misgivings many may have about our judiciary, we must strive to build strong and resilient institutions, of which the judiciary is one. As a firm believer in the separation of powers between the three arms of government, I am conscious that every so often, the judiciary is called upon to vindicate itself on epochal national public-interest issues. The matter presently before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) is one such litmus test case.

“Therefore, we are committed to pursuing Due Process in an unfettered manner. That is our primary and priority option.”

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