Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, his running mate, Delta Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa and other party chieftains on Monday in Abuja led a peaceful protest over what they called flawed February 25 presidential election.
Our correspondents who monitored the march from the “Legacy House” of the PDP Secretariat in Abuja to the INEC Headquarters at about 11.20am, report that youths and adults alike participated in the exercise.
The PDP is challenging the declaration of the All Progressives Congress candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the poll reportedly marred by malpractice and irregularities as well as non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2022 on the part of INEC for not uploading results into its sever.
On March 3, 2023, the Court of Appeal in Abuja had granted Atiku’s request to inspect electoral materials used in the conduct of the disputed presidential election.
Atiku ,who said all the provisions of the current electoral law were completely breached, declared:”All the provisions of the current electoral law have been completely contravened.”
He also hinted that the protest will continue for a very long time everyday since INEC was bent on announcing the results and paying deaf ears to the yearnings and complaints of the electorate and parties.
“INEC was not listening, they were bent on announcing this result and that’s why we are protesting.”
The former Vice-President also revealed that the protest does not stop the court process already instituted.
“They can go hand in hand, don’t we have rights to protest as Nigerians under the constitution? The fact that we are protesting doesn’t stop us from going to court.
“In fact, this protest is going to continue for a very very long time either everyday and every other day,” Atiku said.