The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council (APC PCC) has revealed why Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party lost the presidential election to Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress.
According to news reports, Atiku and Obi claimed Tinubu manipulated the election and promised to reclaim their mandate in court.
Tinubu asked the two to cooperate with him to move the country ahead in his acceptance address.
His gesture, however, was rejected since they pledged to contest his triumph in court.
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On Thursday, Atiku and Obi held separate press conferences in Abuja.
Speaking at a news conference in Abuja on Friday, the APC PCC Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Dele Alake, contended that Atiku and Obi lost the election because the South East and South South, which were traditional PDP strongholds, formed the major support base for the Labour Party.
According to Alake, the PDP’s base was lost to Obi.
He claimed that both candidates were squandering their time by seeking remedy in court.
While Alake applauded their efforts to investigate the courts, he found it strange that both Atiku and Obi undermined the presidential election.
He said, “Contrary to the false claims of Atiku and Obi, the reasons for losing the elections were foretold. Besides the delusional expectations created during the campaigns to hoodwink the public, most PDP leaders knew their party had been decimated by Peter Obi. The South East and South South that were traditional strongholds of PDP constituted the core support base for the Labour Party. PDP went into this election without its limbs and lied to itself that it could win the race. It is worthy of note that Atiku also accepted this fact during his press conference yesterday, when he lamented that his party’s votes in the South East and South South regions were carted away by the LP.
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“The PDP also found itself in No.3 in Kano, with a former member, Kwankwaso running away with over 900,000 votes.
“How far could the PDP have gone with what was left of it? Not so far as the results of the elections have shown. The members of G5 were key leaders of the party who had substantial political influence. They also went away with their own pound of flesh, leaving a crippled PDP to scavenge for crumps of votes.
“For Obi, he would go down as Nigeria’s most dangerous and divisive politician. He elevated his well-known clannish mentality to a most unfortunate height by openly anchoring his campaign on religion and ethnicity. He presented himself as a poster boy for and a champion of our country’s fault lines. He took advantage of our youths whose expectations are fast paced, who are uninterested in excuses, and who were in search of a hero. He pumped up their sentiments and rode on their emotions while grandstanding as a saviour. It was a false pretence. Obi’s credentials are eternally stained as a former governor with no remarkable legacy.
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“If Labour Party could not fill up its quota for polling booth agents with a shortfall of over 40, 000, how did it intend to compete with political parties like APC and PDP? It would be interesting to see what evidence of rigging Labour Party will present before the court when the party could not appoint agents to monitor nearly a quarter of the venues of the election.”
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