Peter Obi, presidential candidate of Labour Party, promised to address his supporters, who are popularly known as ‘Obidients’, very soon.
After falling short of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress on Saturday, Obi has not yet openly addressed his followers (APC).
Recall that Tinubu polled 8,794,726 votes to defeat his closest rival, Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 6,984,520 to emerge second, while Obi came third with 6,101,533 votes.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Tinubu President-elect and handed over his certificate of return to him.
While the opposition parties, including the Labour Party and PDP, appealed for the election to be called off due to alleged compromise in the election process, there have been several protests in Abuja.
Since then, INEC has denied their petition and urged them to appear in court. Also, dissatisfied parties have been instructed by President Muhammadu Buhari to go to court.
Social media users have responded in different ways. While Tinubu’s triumph has been celebrated by members of the ruling party, others are accusing foul play.
Obi announced that he would shortly address Nigerians in a tweet on Wednesday.
“Our Vice presidential candidate Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed is addressing an international press conference at the Labour Party Headquarters in Abuja. I intend to address Nigerians and the international community shortly,” he tweeted.
In his acceptance speech which was delivered at the headquarters of his campaign on Wednesday morning, Tinubu extended hands of fellowship to Atiku, Obi, and others who were in the race.
He claimed that despite the fact that they were all competing for the top spot, he never considered them as rivals.
He also promised to cooperate with their backers.