Obi Skips Gov’ship Campaigns, Heads To Tribunal Over Presidential Election

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has declared that he will be at the Court of Appeal in Abuja Wednesday over the LP’s legal quest to inspect Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines and other electoral materials used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the February 25, 2023, presidential and National Assembly elections.

By this, he will skip planned campaign stops to a number of states.

Obi made this known via a series of tweets on his verified Twitter account on Wednesday.

The former governor of Anambra State stated: “I am supposed to commence our whistle-stop campaign for our various Labour Party Governorship and State Assembly Candidates today. Initially, my trip was to take me to Nasarawa, Lagos, Enugu, Abia, Delta, Edo, Rivers, Plateau, Borno, etc.

“However, following INEC’s refusal to allow our party to inspect the materials (including BVAS) from the 25th February presidential elections, I am personally heading to the court today with our lawyers.”

He urged the LP supporters to continue to campaign for the party’s candidates, saying: “As we pursue due process and defer to the rule of law, I urge all the OBIdients in the various states to continue campaigning for our candidates, namely, Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour in Lagos, Chijoke Edeoga in Enugu, Patrick Dakum in Plateau, Alex Otti in Abia, Ken Pela in Delta, Ibrahim Mshelia in Borno, to name just a few.

“It is also imperative that Obidients vote for candidates with Competence, Character, Capacity, and Compassion. I remain committed and will give more attention to our mission of retrieving our mandate. A new Nigeria is possible!

Obi further warned his supporters not to turn the court premises into a rally ground but respect the sanctity of the court and allow the legal team to carry out their duties.

“As we go about seeking redress for our stolen mandate, I plead with OBIdients to respect the sanctity of the court premises and give our legal team the space and peaceful environment to carry out their duties.

“The court premises is not and should not be turned into a rally ground. I urge the Obidients to go about their businesses peacefully,” the LP presidential flag-bearer added.

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