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APC planning for rerun of presidential election- Labour Party

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By Tom Okpe

National Chairman of the opposition Labour Party, (LP), Barrister Julius Abure, has told Nigerians to be at alert and not to be caught unawares, claiming that the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) is planning a rerun of the Presidential election being challenged at the Election Petition Tribunal.

The Independent National Election Commission (INEC) declared APC’s Bola Ahmed Tinubu winner of the February 25, 2023 presidential election which the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and LP and others are contesting before the rtibunal.

Abure told journalist in Abuja yesterday that he has been informed of the plans by APC-led federal Government to work ahead of a possible poll rerun knowing that the tide of the wind is heavily tilted against it.

He also called on the over 10 million members of LP to be on alert and ”to further humiliate APC and its government in the polls if their sinister plot materializes.”

Abure, also yesterday, during an online meeting held with Nigerian-American Coalition for Justice and Democracy, led by Professor Eddie Oparaoji, LP’s Diaspora Chairman in the United States, revealed same alleged plan of the ruling party.

He said: “Rumours have it that those in government are already planning for rerun and this is one of the supports we will be canvassing from you.

“We should also be getting prepared because since all those in government are already preparing for rerun, we too should not be taken unawares.

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“So, we will need your engagement and support on this aspect if peradventure it happens today, that the election is nullified which is not what we are asking for, because we are asking for outright declaration of Peter Obi as the President of Nigeria.

“We believe strongly that we won that election given the statistics we have, given the result we have, we are not expecting anything less than the declaration of Peter Obi as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“But supposing that didn’t happen, as the government is believed to be planning for a rerun it will not also be out of place for us to be preparing for a rerun election.

“Having said this by the side, I must say clearly that we have put all our evidences before the court and we are hopeful that the tribunal will act in our favour.

“We are hopeful that supposing the matter gets to the higher court, the Supreme Court, in this case, it will also act in our favour. We are keeping our hope and confidence alive.

“In nine months, we are able to change the political narratives of this country and we must build on those successes so that we can have a more formidable party that we can strategically position from the downtrodden people of Nigeria.”

Also, in his contribution, Director of ObiDatti Presidential Campaign, Ambassador Oseloka Obaze called on ObiDatti members in diaspora to see the struggle for recovering of the party’s ‘mandate’ as a collective responsibility and one that they should not abandon for any reason.

Obaze stated: “Great countries of the world are built by the citizens of the country and I think we have in the Diaspora enormous human capital. What we need to do is to be able to harvest them, bring them home and make Nigeria to be a great place.

“The process is ongoing. The campaign to change this nation is not just an event, it is a process, a long-drawn process. How long it is going to last, we don’t know, but I think what we serve as the most and best is to remain focused on our various sectors. You that are in Diaspora should do what you can do to support us. We that are in the trenches, will continue to keep the ground.”

Also speaking, Professor Oparaoji, in his speech titled ‘Fostering a purposeful Diaspora partnership for a new Nigeria’ , said that the group in partnership with all Obidients in Diaspora has the potential to contribute significantly to Nigerians development.

Obedient is the name which supporters of LP presidential candidate in the February 25 poll, Mr Peter Obi, call themselves.

“Through advocacy, human rights promotion, capacity building, investment, education and healthcare support, Diaspora engagement, and policy advocacy, we can play a crucial role in fostering democratic governance, justice, and socio-economic progress in Nigeria. With our diverse network and resources, our Diaspora community can be a catalyst for positive change and contribute to Nigeria’s long term development goal of powering up that new Nigeria of our dream,” Oparaoji noted.

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