Protesters Send Serious Warning to Atiku, Obi Over Call for Interim Govt

Protesters Send Serious Warning to Atiku, Obi Over Call for Interim Govt

  • Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party have been warned by some protesters
  • The protesters urged the two presidential candidates in the 2023 presidential election to perish the thought of an interim government
  • They warned that the spirit of June 12, which saw the annulment of late Moshood Abiola's mandate, is upon the nation and will be resisted

Some Nigerians under the aegis of The Natives took a peaceful walk on the streets of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, where they warned the opposition parties and their candidates against promoting the idea of an interim government.

The Natives also vowed to resist any attempt to install an interim government. They cautioned that the spirit of June 12, which saw the annulment of late Moshood Kashimawo Abiola's mandate, was upon the nation.

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Addressing journalists, which included, before they marched to the national headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Supreme Leader of the group, Smart Edwards, appealed to the international community and Nigerians of all tribes to allow democracy to grow by declaring their support for the president-elect.

Peter Obi, Atiku warned
The Natives warned the opposition parties and their candidates against nurturing the idea of an interim government. Photo credit: Anita John
Source: UGC

Edward also declared that:

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"No mandate was stolen. It was either you (opposition parties) did not network with your people and Nigerians well, or your people did anti-party against you. Today we have witnessed PDP suspending its National Chairman, the man who campaigned for the party, that's also a democracy.
"It is our turn, the Natives of Nigeria to see a better Nigeria. It is our turn to see a working Nigeria. It is our turn to see a democracy that works. It is our turn to advance the country as Patriots.

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"Today, we are declaring absolutely that no mandate was stolen. INEC performed creditably and the election was free and fair. The election saw NNPP won election in Kano state, APC though challenging the outcome but has decided to go to court, that's democracy. PDP won election in Rivers, Enugu, Taraba, Delta, Plateau states and others, and an APC candidate in Plateau has congratulated the winner, his party may chose to proceed to Court, that's democracy.
"In Benue, the APC has a Reverend Father who won election overwhelmingly against the incumbent, that's democracy. We saw Peter Obi won election in Lagos state against the Landlord, that's democracy."

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The over N3bn INEC has voted is dedicated to defending different petitions challenging the outcome of the elections held on February 25 and March 18, 2023.

Presently, more than 100 election petitions have been filed by candidates and their parties who are displeased with the poll's outcome throughout the country.

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