Peter Obi, candidate of Labour Party (LP) in the just concluded presidential election has made an open appeal to his supporters not to invade court premises as hearing over alleged electoral malpractice is set to commence.
He urged his supoorters known as Obidients to give his legal team the space and peaceful environment to work in ensuring his case goes well in court.
Obi, in a post via his Twitter page on Wednesday, March 8th, opposed the idea of a rally or protest being organised around the court house.
He said; “As we go about seeking redress for our stolen mandate, I plead with OBIdients to respect the sanctity of the Court premises and give our legal team the space and peaceful environment to carry out their duties.
The Court Premises is not and should not be turned into a rally ground. I urge the Obidients to go about their businesses peacefully.”
He also said that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC is refusing to allow his team to inspect electoral materials despite obtaining a court.
Obi added that in light of the development, he will be present in court today, March 8, 2023.
He wrote; “I am supposed to commence our whistle-stop campaign for our various Labour Party Governorship and State Assembly Candidates today. Initially, my trip was to take me to Nasarawa, Lagos, Enugu, Abia, Delta, Edo, Rivers, Plateau, Borno, etc.
However, following INEC’s refusal to allow our party to inspect the materials (including BVAS) from the 25th February presidential elections, I am personally heading to the Court today with our lawyers.”
The former Anambra state governor rececntly declared that he won the 2023 presidential election and he will prove it in court.
Obi stated this while addressing a world press conference in Abuja, adding that he was robbed of his mandate which he can only retrieve in a court of law.
The LP candidate said the election did not meet the necessary requirements and could not be adjudged credible.
Obi said he had challenged several election results and come out victorious and he would be approaching the court with the firm belief of getting justice.
He said; “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.
“Labour Party won the election and I will prove it. I will challenge this rascality for the future of the country. On this issue (presidential election) I am challenging the process. The court exists for this and they have asked me to go to court and I will be going to court.”