Peter Obi observes one-minute silence for those who died during election

Peter Obi

Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, on Thursday asked for the observance of one-minute silence for all those who lost their lives or were attacked during the electioneering period.

Addressing reporters in Abuja for the first time since the election, Obi said the poll would go down as the most controversial election conducted in Nigeria.

He urged all who were seated in the room including journalists, his party’s national chairman, Julius Abure; and the director general of his campaign, Akin Osuntokun, to join him in honouring all who died and got injured during the electioneering period.

In the end, Obi said, “May the souls of all who have lost their lives rest in peace. May their families be consoled and God grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. All those who have sustained injury may God grant them quick recovery and also compensate for their losses.”

The former governor of Anambra State said he would explore all legal options to reclaim his mandate, insisting that he won the February 25 poll.

“We will explore all legal and peaceful options to reclaim our mandate. We won the election and we will prove it to Nigerians.

“I am challenging the process. This is very unfair. It is the least expected of Nigeria,” he said.

The electoral umpire, INEC, on Wednesday announced Bola Tinubu of the APC as the winner of the election after garnering over 8 million votes. The commission said Obi was the second runner-up with 6.1 million votes while Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was the first runner-up with 6.9 million votes.