Labour Party protest to hold nationwide, organizers insist

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The Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council has restated that its supporters will not back down on their planned nationwide demonstration unless the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) grants LP’s lawyers access to materials from the contentious February 25 presidential election.

Yunusa Tanko, the chief spokesman for Obi campaign council, accused INEC of disobeying the order of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to grant Obi and the party access to the certified true copies of materials used in the conduct of the poll.

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Tanko said, "We didn’t fix a date for the protest because we deliberately wanted to give INEC up till Monday to respond to us first. But when they (INEC) fail to do what they are supposed to do, our supporters will hit the streets, by the grace of God. There is no going back."

Controversies had trailed the outcome of the presidential election where the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, polled 8,794,726 votes to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and the Labour Party flag bearer, who got 6,984,520 and 6,101,533 votes, respectively. Dissatisfied by the result, both Obi and Atiku approached the election tribunal to seek permission to inspect the electoral materials used during the poll.

The Court of Appeal in Abuja acceded to their requests for inspection of the electoral materials, but the commission failed to grant the warring parties access. This development is coming four days after INEC secured a court injunction to reconfigure the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System machines ahead of March 18 governorship and states Assembly elections.

When contacted for reaction on whether INEC is willing to accede to the request of Obi’s legal team, the Chief Press Secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi, declined comment. In the same vein, the Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said he was unaware if the LP had written the police to that effect. He, however, promised to get back to the correspondent. As of the time of filing this story, the police spokesman had not given feedback on their reaction to the planned protest.

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