Peter Obi: Why I am challenging the process, not outcome of presidential election

Peter Obi| The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi on Monday said he is at the election petition tribunal to challenge the process that led to the declaration of Bola Tinubu as the president-elect, and not the outcome.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Tinubu, candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the presidential election held on February 25, but Obi and Atiku Abubakar, the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party challenged the result in court, alleging irregularities by the electoral umpire.

Obi, who spoke with Arise TV on Monday, said he is not interested in challenging the “outcome” of the election.

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According to him, INEC, as a public institution, should always submit itself to scrutiny from Nigerians.

“INEC is a public institution and it should be open. Because if you do something and people are not satisfied then you should be able to open up yourself,” he said.

“INEC has conducted an election and announced the winner but I am only asking that I have access to the materials that were used to arrive at the result. I am not asking you to change what you said.

“I’m not challenging their declaration. Or rather, I am not challenging who they declared. I am not challenging whatever the outcome is. I’m challenging the process by which they arrived at their declaration.

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“And unless we do that, we are not going to stop the rascality we witnessed in that election. The process through which people come into the office is far more fundamental than what they do thereafter.

“There is a process of doing things, of arriving at every destination. A process is important.”

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