May 29 Inauguration: In the fullness of time, justice shall prevail – LP

Labour Party, LP

By Tom Okpe

As Nigerians and the world, witness the new administration, led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his Vice, Ibrahim Kashim Shettima, being inaugurated today, 29th May, 2023; the opposition Labour Party, (LP) noted that in the fullness of time, justice shall prevail.

Declared winners of the February, 25 Presidential election in the country in March, 2023 by the election umpire, the Independent National Election Commission, (INEC) the LP, Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) and four other opposition parties went to court, disagreeing with INEC that Tinubu and Vice, Shettima neither won the election nor, were eligible to stand for the contest.

However, the LP in a press statement on Sunday, signed by its National Chairman, Barrister Julius Abure, titled: ‘Position of the Labour Party on the May 29th Inauguration,’ said: “On Monday, the 29th of May 2023, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, Chief Justice of the Federation, will swear in Bola Tinubu, Presidential Candidate of the APC, in the disputed outcome of the February 25th 2023, Presidential election.

“The reality and tragedy of this Presidential Election, has already been well highlighted, to national and global attention.

“On that fateful day, Nigerians from across ethnic, political and social divides, fired by the promises of President Muhammadu Buhari and Professor Mahmud Yakubu, INEC Chairman reinvigorated hope for a new political and administrative order, having endured untold difficulties and rigors, in obtaining their PVC’s trooped out in their millions to cast their votes.

“In various States, State Governors and public officials, particularly of the APC, directly influenced voting and threatened, abducted and tortured electoral officials.”

The statement further stressed; “However, despite varying serious reports of violence, malfunctioning of electoral devices and other hindrances, the voters accreditation and casting process, was fairly satisfactorily conducted.

“But, after counting of votes, a dark cloud engulfed the Nation. It became clear that the correct password, to transmit the Presidential Election results, electronically and instantly, from the BVAS to the INEC IREV, had been criminally withheld, contrary to specifications of the law and contrary to repeated emphasis, directives and promises to the Nation and its citizens, by Professor Mahmood Yakubu and INEC officials.

“This deliberate act of criminal conspiracy, was the beginning of the most bizarre and crazy rigging of elections in our National history.

“As voting concluded, Party Officials, especially from the ruling APC, invaded collation centres nationwide, disrupting the process, inducing and intimidating officials. Manually, alteration and mutilation of result sheets.

“All over the country, the pattern of this electoral criminality was consistent, votes lawfully casted for the Labour Party candidate, were changed and reduced, and added to increase votes casted for the Presidential Candidate of the APC.

“This, not only formed the basis for the flagrant declarations of results at various levels in many parts of the country, totally at variance with the freely expressed wishes of the people, but also, basis for the proposed inauguration of the Candidate of the APC, as the President of Nigeria.”

It continued: “As a law abiding and responsible Political Party, and conscious of the overwhelming support we enjoy across the country, we have taken the matter before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, in trust and hope for justice, and we will not comment further.

“However, we wish to say strongly, to all Nigerians, and all friends of Nigeria, worldwide: Nigeria has long and ardously suffered, from bad leadership, which has continued to revolve around the same characters, political parties and class.

“The massive mobilisation, rejuvenation and affirmation of the people, as expressed in the election of February 25th 2023, was not to hand over the reins of government, to the same people, with historical bad record of conduct, performance and irresponsibility, but for a new order, where the people will have a greater stake in government, and more direct

influence in the implementation and supervision of development.

“This New Majority of Nigerian people, from all walks of life, who have awakened to a new conciousness, will not leave the initiative of national development to those who have proved their chronic inability to improve the country by their mismanagement, impunity and failures.

“Our people deserve a government, which can manage the country, for the good of all, with sincerity, creativity and discipline.

“A government that can reduce biting tension and difficulties which families face in meeting their living needs and a government that can reduce reckless corruption, rebuild national institutions and reposition the country, in all ramifications.

“That is the trust the people have placed in the Labour Party and the Presidential ticket of Peter Obi and Dr Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed.

“This is the same burden of trust, we owe the Nigerian people, to see this matter to lawful and logical resolution.

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“We urge our supporters and all Nigerians to continue expressing their passions, emotions and frustrations, within the confines of the law.

“We have no doubt whatsoever, that in the fullness of time as long as we know the truth and are prepared to keep standing by the truth, Justice shall prevail, and Nigeria will regain the chance for a new direction, love and trust among our people and true national growth.”

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