2023: Peter Obi vows to reclaim lost mandate

Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) has vowed to reclaim the presidential mandate he believes was stolen from him during the recently concluded presidential election.

Speaking during a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, the former Anambra governor who came third in the disputed exercise confirmed he will be seeking redress in court.

“We will explore all legal and peaceful options to reclaim our mandate,” Mr Obi vowed. “We won the election, and we will prove it to Nigerians.”

The LP candidate who trailed Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that came second but lost to Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), admonished his supporters to troop out next week Saturday and elect all candidates of the opposition party during the gubernatorial election.

“Please do not despair. We have elections coming up on the 11th. I enjoin you to go out, campaign, vote.

“We’ll explore all legal options to retrieve our mandate. We won the election. I’m fully committed to a better future for the country and nothing can stop that.

“For the election on Saturday go out there and vote. I’ll be part of it, I assure you,” he added.

Mr Tinubu, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which failed to transmit election results in real time as it had earlier vowed to, scored a total of 8,794,726 votes to emerge winner.

Messrs Abubakar and Obi polled 6,984,520 and 6,101,533 votes to trail behind as second and third respectively.

Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) scored 1,496,687 votes to clinch the fourth position in the election that had eighteen candidates but was largely seen as a four-horse race.