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Elections: A planned protest is stopped by APC-USA at the White House.

The planned political demonstration by some Nigerians in front of the White House on Monday was condemned on Thursday by the American chapter of the All Progressives Congress.

The condemnation comes a day after authorities in the United States granted permission to supporters of Peter Obi, the candidate for president of the Labour Party, to use its park on April 3 to protest the outcome of Nigeria’s presidential election in 2023.

The PUNCH discovered that the permit only allows one hundred protesters to gather for just four hours at Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C.

Participants were required to “comply with all of the conditions of this permit and with all reasonable directions of the United States Park Police,” as was clearly stated on the permit.

A diaspora group, led by Franklin Ekechukwu of the Nigerian American Coalition for Justice and Democracy Inc., would be in charge of the demonstration.

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In a memo, Ekechukwu stated that the demonstration was their own method of protesting INEC’s failure to “follow their guidelines and rule of law in accordance with democratic principles.”

“We in the diaspora are demonstrating to call the attention of the US government and the Biden administration to not recognize the projected winner” was added in the following line.

In the contentious presidential election on February 25, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the candidate for the All Progressives Congress, was declared the winner.

Tinubu defeated People’s Democratic Party candidate Atiku Abubakar with 8,794,726 votes, while LP candidate Obi received 6,984,520 and 6,101,533 votes, respectively.

However, both Atiku and Obi rejected the Independent National Electoral Commission’s announcement of the results, claiming in separate press conferences that the election was marred by violence and extensive rigging.

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Since then, both politicians have filed a petition with the presidential election tribunal to express their dissatisfaction with the poll’s outcome.

Prof. Tai Balofin, the Chairman of the APC’s chapter in the United States, said in a statement on Thursday that the planned protest didn’t bother many Nigerians in the Diaspora because they knew the presidential election was free and fair.

“We wish to inform the public that a group of the losers of the Nigerian 2023 Presidential election are currently protesting at the park in front of the White House,” he stated. Due to the fact that anyone can obtain approval for a peaceful protest, it is essential to note that the US government is not involved or supporting the demonstration.

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We believe that Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu won the Nigerian presidential election, which was free and fair. Most of Nigerian electors gave him their command, and no misleading publicity, control or tissue of falsehoods can stop his initiation.

The APC-USA assures Nigerians that the protesters’ actions will not cause them any problems. We want to reassure Nigerians that the country will not split up and will continue to be one. We should cooperate to rescue it.”

Balofin told journalists on Thursday that the losing opposition will meet the winning opposition on April 3 at the protest site, while also urging Nigerians living in the United States to remain calm and peaceful.

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