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Obi to US: Wait for Tribunal Verdict Before Legitimising Tinubu’s Victory

He said final determination of the true winner of the election can only be made by the relevant courts of law.

2JR9PMD Peter Obi, Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, speaks during an interview with Reuters at his residence in Lagos, Nigeria August 18, 2022. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, says it is still unclear, the reason for the telephone conversation between Antony Blinken, US secretary of state, and Bola Tinubu, president-elect.

In a series of tweets posted on Friday, Obi said the US should wait for the presidential election tribunal’s verdict before conferring legitimacy.

Blinken had called Tinubu on Tuesday and pledged to strengthen the relations between the US and Nigeria.

“There is still a lack of clarity on the basis of the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken’s call to APC’s presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu on 16th May 2023. The most fundamental tenet and core value of democracy is the rule of law,” Obi tweeted.

“Nigeria’s democracy is founded on these principles which the American people hold dear. Without the risk of interfering in Nigeria’s domestic affairs, the U.S.-Nigeria relationship should be guided by the core values of democracy.

“Above all, Nigerians expect that the U.S. responses to our affairs should be based on mutual respect, shared ideals, aspirations and interests which ought to transcend the considerations of any individual.

“Contextually, the willful manipulation and falsification of the will of Nigerians as freely expressed during the February 25 elections cannot be overlooked by the true friends and partners of Nigeria.”

The former governor of Anambra said the “final determination of the true winner of the election can only be made” by the relevant courts of law.

“More so, the issues in judicial contention imply far-reaching violations of both Nigerian electoral law and the Nigerian constitution,” he added.

Chioma Kalu