The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the February 25, general elections, Peter Obi, has said that the court will determine the legality of APC’s Bola Tinubu’s inauguration as president of the country.
Obi and the presidential candidate of the leading opposition PDP, Atiku Abubakar, are challenging Tinubu’s victory at the election petition tribunal.
Addressing newsmen after attending a wedding Fatiha at the Sultan Bello Mosque in Kaduna yesterday, Obi said there were issues with Nigerian democracy, but emphasised the importance of maintaining peace among Nigerians.
He said, “There are issues with Nigeria’s democracy, but we must live peacefully and focus on addressing the country’s challenges such as security, poverty, education, and other crucial matters that require our attention.”
On Tinubu’s inauguration today, Obi said, “Well, the court will decide. As I mentioned earlier, we must continue to pursue peace, religious harmony, ethnic harmony, and coexistence. These are the most important things at the moment.”
Similarly, the vice presidential candidate of LP in the February 25, poll, Datti Baba-Ahmed, has insisted that they would reclaim their mandate at the tribunal despite Tinubu’s swearing-in today.
He said, “As I have always emphasised, God is supreme, followed by the government. If the government chooses to be just, it can be. We have expressed our belief that there was an injustice against us in the recent election. The law grants us the right to seek redress in court, and we are awaiting our mandate, the mandate of Nigerians.
“Peter Obi and I won this election, and if justice prevails in Nigeria, by God’s will, we will lead Nigeria and fix the country.”
‘Asiwaju won’t disappoint Nigerians’
Meanwhile, a former National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said that the incoming president, Tinubu, was an experienced politician who would not disappoint Nigerians.
Oyegun said this yesterday in a telephone chat with our reporter ahead of today’s inauguration.
He expressed optimism that Tinubu would tackle the avalanche of challenges bedeviling the country and position it on the path of glory and good governance.
Oyegun, a former Governor of Edo State, said, “Well, Tinubu has said he won’t disappoint Nigerians and he is a very experienced man.
“So, I do expect he will read the national condition correctly and respond appropriately. I think he is very experienced, I have no serious fear at all; he will perform.”