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2023 Election: LP says no going back on nationwide protest

 2023 Election: LP says no going back on nationwide protest

The Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, on Sunday, reiterated that its supporters won’t back down on their planned nationwide demonstration unless the Independent National Electoral Commission grants LP’s lawyers access to materials from the contentious February 25 presidential election.

Controversies had trailed the outcome of the presidential election where 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.

Few days later, 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.

The 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.

But the chief spokesman for Obi campaign council, Yunusa Tanko, maintained there was no going back on mobilisation of their supporters to occupy INEC offices nationwide.

Tanko 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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