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Tinubu informs Obi that he did not win the presidential election.

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Tinubu informs Obi that he did not win the presidential election.

The president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has responded to a statement attributed to the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, regarding the recently concluded presidential election.Obi claimed victory in the election during a press conference broadcast on Thursday.

Festus Keyamo (SAN), Director of Public Affairs and Chief Spokesperson, Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, advised the former governor of Anambra State to stop misleading the gullible, noting that Tinubu, not him, won the election.

“We make this brief statement in response to the press briefing held earlier today by the defeated candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, in which he made the outlandish claim before the world that he won the presidential election, but he was robbed of the victory,” he said.

“Having been officially declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission and having received his Certificate of Return (along with his Vice-President elect), the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu would have ignored this continuous false claims being peddled by Mr. Peter Obi and his supporters.

“But we recognise his motive of doing this is to simply delegitimise the mandate freely given to the President-elect by majority of Nigerians.

“Mr. Peter Obi is always quick to cite isolated incidents of irregularities outside his strongholds that could not have significantly influenced the outcome of the results in those areas, whereas he deliberately fails to comment on tons and tons of evidence circulating everywhere showing his supporters in his strongholds engaging in thuggery, hooliganism, and violence.”

“Mr. Obi knows he couldn’t have won as a splinter of the main opposition, the PDP, and all he could hope for was to harvest a portion of PDP votes in a section of the country, and the results don’t lie;

“Mr. Obi knows he could not have won because he ran as a tribal candidate, only campaigning in the settlements of his tribesmen in other states outside the South-East, rather than appealing to all and sundry.”

“Mr. Obi is aware that he could not have won after joining the Labour Party a few months ago and purchasing the Party’s ticket without valid primaries, polarizing his party;

Mr. Peter Obi is aware of what he did.

“It is also ludicrous that Mr. Peter Obi is laying claim to victory along with his new-found partner, the PDP, that is also laying claim to victory.

“This is the first time in my entire life that I am seeing people who came second and third in an exam both claiming they took first and then agreeing to protest together to the examiner to record that both of them took first, yet they are not seeing the contradiction in their actions,” I tweeted this morning.

“We stand by our statement.

“The President-elect, Tinubu, has extended a hand of fellowship to his defeated opponents, including Mr. Peter Obi, to join hands with him in nation building.

“Mr. Peter Obi should accept that hand of friendship.”