APC PCC accused Obi of trying to steal Tinubu’s mandate 

The All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential Campaign Council has accused the candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi of going around media houses to make misleading, criminally false and inciting statements about the February 25 presidential election.

He had also refuted claims that he was planning to hold an ‘end INEC’, ‘end Nigeria’ protest in the country.

Tinubu was on March 11, declared the winner of the February 25 presidential election.

Bayo Onanuga, the Director, Media and Publicity, APC PCC, said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja in reaction to the recent appearances of the Labour Party candidate on some television programmes.

The APC PCC accused Obi of making incendiary remarks about the 2023 presidential election, while calling on security agencies to caution him.

“The defeated Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, still goes around inflaming passions.

“Spreading lies as if he is still campaigning for the highest office in the land, weeks after the exercise was concluded and a winner announced.

“We are worried about his recent media rounds on Arise TV and Channels TV, in which he made profoundly misleading, criminally false and inciting statements about the election that he lost woefully.

“We call on the security agencies to caution Obi from further making incendiary remarks, especially after he claims he is challenging the results of the election in the tribunal,” Onanuga said.

The APC PCC director of media and publicity said Obi derided the election considered by many to be the best in our recent history, describing it as the worst, wrong election and not God’s will.

Onanuga stated that Obi, the former governor of Anambra, had in one moment likened the election to robbery.

“He also fleetingly wore the toga of a political scientist redefining democracy, which the world knows as government of the people, by the people and for the people.

“Later, he clarified in his moments of sobriety after leaving the studio, that what he wanted to challenge in court was the process of declaring the winner of the election.

“On Channels TV a few days later, Obi made a ridiculous claim about his stolen mandate.

“Echoing the position of his unthinking mob of supporters, who believe that he won the election because some sponsored polls made the claim before the election,” Onanuga said.

According to the APC PCC considered Obi’s claim as very fraudulent as he fell short of winning any mandate.

He accused Obi of padding votes from his ethnic South-East states and wondering why an Obi that came third, not even second, losing 2.6 million votes to former governor of Lagos, Bola Tinubu, APC candidate and President-elect.

He affirmed that the wrong narration Obi has been pushing is alarming and he’s the one trying to steal Tinubu’s mandate.

This, Onanuga said, he was doing by appealing to tribal and religious sentiments to snatch what does not belong to him.

He added that the APC PCC considered Obi’s TV statements as prejudicial to the case he had filed and contemptuous of the court.

“Only a desperate politician like Obi will embark on his course of action: seeking justice in court and simultaneously embarking on a mission of blackmailing and intimidating the judiciary.

“He is trying to present himself before his case takes off in court as a helpless, cheated victim of the system, robbed of a mandate by INEC.

“He is trying to position himself as the candidate who won the people, who is loved by the people, going by his self-serving definition of democracy.

“His antics, if he is able to sway the judges, is to make them cancel the entire election, even without sufficient, substantial proof of malpractice,” Onanuga said.

He added that this would pave the way for his dream alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the second losing party, in a fresh election.

Onanuga recalled that the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, spoke about his readiness to enter into such alliance in his post-poll press conference, as he accused Obi of taking his votes in the South-South and South-East regions.

“We hope the men and women of the judiciary will not fall for Obi’s cheap tactics and really examine the cases before them on merit and on the basis of substantial evidence presented,” he said.

Onanuga added that even in the court, Obi would lose woefully.

“We also advise the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to caution Television houses giving Obi the platform to de-legitimise a free and fair election, when he has taken his case to court,” Onanuga said.

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