Peter Obi, the running mate of Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party in the just concluded presidential election, says the February 23rd 2019 presidential election fell below the standard of the 2015 presidential election, describing it as the highest form of corruption.
Obi, who was a governor of Anambra state for two terms, alleged that the election was characterized by deliberate voters’ suppression and intimidation throughout the South-East and South-South.
When lamenting that the two zones under reference witnessed different sets of rule, he alleged that “While some zones voted strictly using the card readers, other zones, as part of the manipulation orchestrated by the ruling party, APC were allowed to vote without card readers, contrary to the guidelines INEC issued before the election.”
The former All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Stalwart, who addressed journalists in his Onitsha home on Monday, said he is in full support of PDP’s decision to petition Election Tribunal over the outcome of the presidential election.
According to him, it is necessary to go to court to challenge the outcome of the election in order to put an end to impunity in Nigeria.
‘’Besides putting a stop to impunity, such a challenge will also go a long way in strengthening the electoral processes and in guarding against repetition of such dastardly acts in future,” he said.
“Though elections give citizens a means to hold their leaders accountable by voting incumbents out of office or promising to hold to account those leaders successfully elected, the process is more important than the outcome as the rule of law must always prevail,” he added.