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No going back on nationwide protest, says LP

On Sunday, the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council reaffirmed that its supporters will not abandon their planned nationwide demonstration unless the Independent National Electoral Commission grants LP’s attorneys access to materials from the contentious presidential election on February 25.

Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, received 8,794,726 votes to defeat Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, and the flag bearer of the Labour Party, who received 6,984,520 votes and 6,101,533 votes, respectively.

Both Obi and Atiku, dissatisfied with the outcome, sought permission to inspect the election materials used in the poll by contacting the election tribunal.

The Abuja Court of Appeal granted their requests for inspection of the electoral materials a few days later, but the commission did not allow the disputing parties access.

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Four days prior to the March 18 governorship and states Assembly elections, INEC received a court injunction to reconfigure the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System machines.

However, Yunusa Tanko, the Obi campaign council’s chief spokesperson, maintained that the mobilization of their supporters to occupy INEC offices nationwide would not be stopped.

Tanko said that INEC didn’t follow the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal’s order to give Obi and the party access to certified true copies of the materials used in the poll.

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We deliberately wanted to give INEC until Monday to respond to us before setting a date for the protest.

“However, by God’s grace, our supporters will take to the streets if they (INEC) fail to perform their duties. He stated, “There is no turning back.”

Rotimi Oyekanmi, INEC’s Chief Press Secretary, declined to comment when asked if the agency would comply with Obi’s legal team’s request.

In a similar vein, Muyiwa Adejobi, the Force Public Relations Officer, stated that he was unaware whether the LP had informed the police of this.

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However, he stated that he would respond to our correspondent.

The police spokesman had not commented on their response to the planned protest at the time this article was written.

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