The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 25 polls, Omoyele Sowore, has reacted to the protest led by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Abuja on Monday.
Sowore, who noted that the party was fighting for justice stressed that activism was not different from politics.
“After all, activism is not different from politics. Good to see @atiku @OfficialPDPNig fight for electoral justice, everyone must engage in civil disobedience to extinguish the monumental injustice perpetrated by @inecnigeria, except that for us revolutionaries we don’t get the privilege to have the Department of State Services and police bodyguards to protect us during protests like this, they usually unleash the police, soldiers and the DSS on us with absolute cruelty!”
Earlier, Empire had reported that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa have led a protest at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Abuja.
The action follows the outcome of the February 25 presidential election, which placed the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress winner of the poll.
The presidential candidate of the party had also rejected the declaration of Tinubu as the president-elect, noting that the election was marred with infractions and would challenge it in court.
Speaking at INEC headquarters, Atiku said the protest would continue every day or every other day.
According to him, “We are protesting and we have every right to protest. It doesn’t stop us from going to court. The fact is that we are protesting. We will protest for a very long time. Either every day or every other day.
“In fact, this protest will continue for a very long time, either every day or any other day,” Atiku said.
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Meanwhile, the Governor of Rivers State commented on the action by the PDP. He spoke at the commissioning of Chokocho-Igbodo Road in the Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State
He said, “While other people are demonstrating, I am commissioning projects. I have not gone to do demonstration; my own is to commission projects and make my people happy.”
Speaking further, he lauded the people for voting for a southern President in the poll, adding that Section 7(3)(c) of the PDP constitution recognised zoning and rotational presidency but the leadership of the party contravened the provisions of the party’s regulations.
“I owe nobody any apology at all. I am one of the apostles, one of those who stood firm that power must rotate to the South. This is for equity, this is for fairness and this is for justice.
“Whether you voted for Labour, I have no problem with you. Whether you voted for APC, I have no problem with you. That is what we have argued for: that the north has had it for eight years. Therefore the south must be there for eight years,” he said.