Presidential poll: Labour Party threatens nationwide protest unless…


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The Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council has restated that the planned nationwide protest by Labour Party (LP) supporters would not be shelved unless the Independent National Electoral Commission grants LP’s lawyers access to materials from the controversial February 25 presidential election.

The council said this through its spokesman, Yunusa Tanko on Sunday.

Recall that INEC declared Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the presidential poll.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of LP, the second and third-placed candidates respectively, rejected the outcome as declared by INEC, alleging irregularities.

The duo separately approached the election tribunal to seek permission to inspect the electoral materials used during the election.

Although the courts granted their request, Atiku and Obi’s camps have accused INEC of failing to allow access to the materials.

The electoral umpire also secured a court order to reconfigure the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) machines used during the presidential poll ahead of the March 18 governorship and states assembly elections.

In his Sunday remark, Tanko insisted that there was no going back on the planned mobilisation of LP supporters to occupy INEC offices nationwide.

He said INEC’s failure to heed the court order to grant Obi and the party access to the certified true copies of materials used in the conduct of the poll was illegal.

“We didn’t fix a date for the protest because we deliberately wanted to give INEC up till Monday to respond to us first.

“But when they (INEC) fail to do what they are supposed to do, our supporters will hit the streets, by the grace of God. There is no going back,” Tanko said.

However, INEC has not reacted to the LP presidential campaign council spokesman’s remarks.

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