…tells supporters ‘I’ll address you soon’
Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has broken his silence after losing the presidential election to his rival, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress.
Tinubu polled 8,794,726 votes to defeat his closest rival, Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party, who scored 6,984,520 to emerge second. Obi came third with 6,101,533 votes.
Independent National Electoral Commission, early on Wednesday declared Tinubu President-elect and handed over his certificate of return to him later in the day.
There have been protests in Abuja, while the opposition parties, including Labour Party and PDP, had called for the cancellation of the election over alleged rigging.
But INEC rejected their claim and asked them to go to the court. President Muhammadu Buhari has also advised aggrieved parties to head for the court.
On social media, there have been mixed reactions. While supporters of the ruling party have been celebrating Tinubu’s victory, others are crying foul play.
But in a tweet on Wednesday, Obi said he would address Nigerians soon.
“Our Vice presidential candidate Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed is addressing an international press conference at the Labour Party Headquarters in Abuja. I intend to address Nigerians and the international community shortly,” he tweeted.
In his acceptance speech which was delivered at the headquarters of his campaign on Wednesday morning, Tinubu extended hands of fellowship to Atiku, Obi and others who were in the race.
He said although they all ran against each other for the number one position, he never saw them as enemies.
He also vowed to work with their supporters.