The Federal Government has admonished the Labour Party (LP) candidate in the 2023 presidential election, Peter Obi from inciting people to violence over the outcome of the Presidential elections.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed while speaking in Washington DC said it was wrong for Obi on one breadth to seek redress in court over the outcome of the polls and on another breadth inciting people to violence.
NAN reports reports that the minister is in Washington to engage with international media organisations and Think-tanks on the just concluded 2023 elections.
Mohammed accused the LP candidate and his vice, Datti Baba-Ahmed of issuing threats that the swearing-in of President-elect, Bola Tinubu will end democracy in Nigeria.
He said;“Obi and his Vice, Datti Ahmed cannot be threatening Nigerians that if the President-elect, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is sworn-in on May 29, it will be the end of democracy in Nigeria. This is treason. You cannot be inviting insurrection, and this is what they are doing.
“Obi’s statement is that of a desperate person, he is not the democrat that he claimed to be. A democrat should not believe in democracy only when he wins the election”.
The minister said in challenging the election results, there was no pathway to victory for either Obi or the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar.
He said both opposition candidates failed to meet the constitutional requirements to be declared as president.
He noted that Atiku who came second with 6.9 million votes was only able to make one-quarter of the votes cast in 21 states, adding that the former Anambra governor with 5.8 million votes came third because he could only get one-quarter of votes cast in 15 states.
“The constitution has stringent criteria for anybody who wants to be president of the country.
“Not only must he has the plurality of vote cast in an election, he must also have scored one-quarter of votes cast in at least 25 states. Only the President-elect met the criteria by scoring 8.79 million votes and having one-quarter of all the vote cast in 29 states of the federation.
“You cannot win an election in a poll where you came to a distant third position and failed to meet constitutional requirements. Peter Obi, while complaining of fraud has not disowned his victory in Lagos,” he said.
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