The pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere on Wednesday insisted that the candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi won the just-concluded presidential election and not Bola Tinubu as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The Yoruba group said it was illegal to have declared Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as president-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The group emphasized that the Presidential and National Assembly elections fell short of the requirements of the Electoral Act 2022, as amended.
In particular, the organization claimed that INEC flagrantly broke the rules of elections in accordance with the terms of pertinent legislation governing the country’s electoral process.
This was stated in a communique the organization released at the end of a Special General Meeting held at the Isanya-Ogbo residence of the party’s leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, who insisted that the election’s conduct had violated both the Election Act and the Constitution.
The group said in a communiqué signed by Chief Sola Ebiseni, its Secretary-General, that the electoral umpire’s willful disregard for the law encouraged electoral brigandage at the polling units.
“That the results of the lawful votes at the election available to the Afenifere through credible sources confirm that His Excellency Peter Gregory Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, won the said election, and we thus support his decision to challenge the contrary declaration by the INEC.
“That the General Meeting hereby denounces in strong terms and dissociates Afenifere from any congratulatory message in the name of the organization or howsoever to any candidate as illegally declared by the INEC.”