The Vice President all Candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Datti Baba-Ahmed has called on Labor party supporters to remain calm following the outcome of the just concluded 2023 Presidential election even as they are encouraged to vote for the party in the forthcoming governorship and the state house of assembly polls scheduled for 11 March.
Datti made the call on Wednesday in a press conference on Wednesday. This is coming few hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 presidential election held on Saturday.
The poll which rose alot of dust leaving the Labour Party and The Peoples democratic party supporters aggrieved parties calling for the cancellation of the results.
At the briefing, Mr Baba-Ahmed assured their supporters that the party will be seeking legal redress to the election outcome.
While calling for calm, he claimed that the election was not free and fair.
Mr Baba-Ahmed asked the judiciary to prove themselves to be impartial when the case gets to the court, wondering how the results for the presidential and National Assembly elections were collated when they were not transmitted electronically to the INEC IREV portal as required by the electoral act as amended.
“No amount of pressure would get the Labour Party or its agents to preach against peace,” he said.
Adding that despite the outcome of the poll, they still have hope in Nigeria.
“The LP will continue to hold the President Muhammadu Buhari administration accountable for a free and credible election and remains optimistic of a great outing come March 11 when the guber and house of assembly exercise takes place,” he said.
Mr Baba-Ahmed dismissed speculations of a merger with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), reiterating that the party is fighting for its mandate alone.
Also speaking at the brief, the vice presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Okowa described the election as a sham, and never free and fair,”
Their main grouse is that INEC failed to upload the results of elections in the over 170,000 polling units onto a central server (IReV) as required by law. That step should have been done before the collation and announcement of results, they said.
At the press conference, the two parties also demanded that the chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, must step aside over what they described as electoral irregularities and malfeasance.
INEC has since replied, saying its chairman would not resign and that any party aggrieved with the outcome of the election should seek legal redress.
Written by Ekele John