The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi, has said that he has no issues with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was controversially declared the winner of the 2023 Presidential Election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Obi stated this while speaking in an interwiew on Arise TV on Monday, noting that he is only challenging the process through which he was declared winner.
He said, “I have no issues with Tinubu. He is somebody I have so much respect for as a brother and regard as a father.
“I am only challenging the process through which INEC declared him as the President-elect. I have no issues with his declaration as the President-elect.”
Obi also urged INEC to to rise up to its responsibility of helping Nigeria build a viable global image.
“We are committed to a new Nigeria. We must do everything that is right.
“We need to build strong democratic institutions that will teach people what their job requires and what government is all about.”
The former Anambra State governor said to be referred to as “His Excellency”, the process leading to the emergence of such a fellow has to be “excellent”.
Obi also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to be transparent and allow itself to be scrutinised by the public since it is a public institution run by taxpayers’ money.
He asked the electoral body to allow him access to materials used during the election as granted by the court, saying he was not interested in challenging who was declared as winner of the poll, but the process that led to the declaration.
“I’m not challenging who they declared,” Obi stated, “I’m not challenging whatever…the outcome, I’m challenging the process (through) which they arrived at their declaration.
“And unless we do that, we’re not going to stop the rascality we witnessed in that election.
“The process through which people come into office is for me…far more fundamental than what they do thereafter. There is a process of doing things. There is a process of arriving at any destination. Like I said in my press conference, if you’re going to answer ‘His Excellency’, the process of coming to that position must be excellent. If you’re going to be a Bishop, there’s a process of being a Bishop.”