The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded election, Atiku Abubakar, the national chairman of the PDP, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), today, March 6, marched, in black dress, to the Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja in protest over the February 25 election.
In the protest letter, PDP called on INEC to sack Tinubu and conduct a credible election that would be acceptable to all.
“On behalf of the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the teeming members of the PDP, we present this protest letter to INEC, addressed to the Commission Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
“We do not accept the charades of what has been presented to Nigeria people as election and what has been declared.
“We, there call on INEC not only to cancel the election but to re-conduct a very credible election, not only to Nigerians but also the international community.”
The protest letter was received by the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, who commended the party for a peaceful protest, promising to submit the letter to the appropriate authorities for necessary action.
“I have received this letter on behalf of the commission, if there are remedial issues to be dealt with, we are going to deal with those remedial issues. This commission is for the Nigeria people. Our allegiance is to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“This commission does not have allegiance to any political party or candidate, our allegiance is to the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Okoye said.
INEC had declared Tinubu as the winner of the presidential poll after scoring 8,794,726 votes, the highest of all the candidates, thus meeting the first constitutional requirement to be declared the winner.
He also scored over 25 percent of the votes cast in 30 states, more than the 24 states constitutionally required.
Atiku Abubakar came second with 6,984,520 votes.