Dr. Remi Olatubora (SAN), a former commissioner for education in Ondo State, responded to assertions that Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate, did not triumph in the 2023 election.
Remember that Wole Soyinka, a Nobel Prize winner, had before claimed that Obi did not win the presidential race and did not finish second.
In addition, Soyinka said that when Atiku Abubakar and Obi ran against Tinubu individually as PDP presidential candidates, they announced their victory prior to the poll.
In response to the assertion, Olatubora told Punch in an interview that Soyinka had spoken the truth.
He questioned how Obi intended to contest Tinubu’s victory in the election of February 25, 2023, given that he did not contest the votes given to Atiku.
The former commissioner said that Obi won exclusively on social media and not through the voting process.
Olatubora said, “Wole Soyinka has stated the truth of the matter; even though he is not a lawyer, Soyinka should be known as a man who is never flippant with any opinion that he offers in the public space.
“And I am so sure before he offered that opinion, he must have sat down some lawyers who are conversant with the case, and would have heard from them.
“But the truth of the matter is that the petition filed by Peter Obi and other parties are in the public domain. We have all read all these documents.
“If you take Peter Obi’s petition on its merit, there is no pleading that supports the claim that Peter Obi won the majority of votes lawful cast, no complaint was made against the scores that were attributed to Atiku, so how is he going to overtake Atiku who beat him with over 1 million votes to emerge as a winner of an election, even if you take the votes of Asiwaju out of it.
“I think we can say that Peter Obi won the election on social media but lost at the polls.”
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