Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Obi is challenging the President-elect, Bola Tinubu’s victory at the presidential polls, insisting that there were some irregularities during the conduct of the election.
Speaking in an interview with Punch, Onifade insisted that Obi’s victory at the tribunals is certain considering that the election was sabotaged.
He said, “Yes, that is why the law says that if you have genuine reasons to believe that you have been cheated in an election, you should go to the tribunal. That is the law and we are law-abiding people. You know we have a case so we will argue the case before the judges and we are very optimistic that they will see reasons with us because we think we have been cheated. Justice is a condition for peace and injustice is a quick condition for the lack of peace. Justice cannot lead to the breakdown of peace in fact it is injustice that can lead to that.”
When asked the if it was truly possible Obi won the election as people have said that he has a weak stronghold in the North, Onifade argued that people would soon be surprised at the former Anambra Governor popularity.
“This was their permutation during the election, and they will be surprised. They were saying that we didn’t have structure and that there were just four people tweeting in a room. At the end of the day, in spite of all the shenanigans, the difference between him and the people they declared as winner of the election was just two million votes. They have been saying that he (Peter Obi) does not have structure but how does somebody who does not have structure come that close with APC and PDP in a national election? We came to Lagos and beat the godfather of Lagos politics. They couldn’t even tamper with that. Well, what is the structure anyway? A structure of criminality they have put together to perpetrate themselves in power to permanently superintend over our common wealth and to permanently keep to themselves the resources that belong to over 200 million people. We won the election and we will present the evidence before the court. Peter Obi shook Nigeria without structure,” he said
Speaking further, the LP stalwart noted that they all saw that the results submitted by each polling unit was different from what the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) collated.
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When asked why he was certain that the court would rule in Obi’s favour considering that the supreme court has never nullified a presidential election in the history of Nigeria, he said, “There is always a first time. Maybe they never had reasons to do so in the past but there is always a first time. I mean it was the first time when Peter Obi was impeached as governor, he went back to court and fought his impeachment when he was cheated and after three years the court ruled in his favour. So, there is always a first time. What happened in this election was too glaring. The whole world saw it. The level of observationwas unprecedented. There is a plethora of evidence. This was daylight robbery. They were robbing in the presence of everybody because the world was seeing it.”