The Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council has reaffirmed that its supporters wouldn’t cancel their planned national protest unless the Independent National Electoral Commission allowed the Legal Protection Party’s lawyers access to records from the contentious presidential election on February 25.
The All Progressives Congress candidate for president, Bola Tinubu, received 8,794,726 votes, defeating Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party and Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party, who received 6,984,520 and 6,101,533 votes, respectively, in the presidential election.
Both Obi and Atiku, who were unhappy with the outcome, sought the election tribunal to request permission to examine the voting equipment.
A few days later, the Court of Appeal in Abuja granted their petitions for access to inspect the election materials, but the commission refused to comply.
This development comes four days after INEC won a court order requiring that the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System devices be reconfigured in advance of the March 18 gubernatorial and state assembly elections.
But, Yunusa Tanko, the head of the Obi campaign council, insisted that the mobilization of their supporters to takeover INEC offices around the country would proceed as planned.
Tanko charged INEC of breaching the court’s order to give Obi and the party access to the certified true copies of the materials used to conduct the election
“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,” he said.