The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the February 25 elections, Peter Obi, has accused the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, of working against him during the polls.
Obi, who spoke to Arise TV on Monday, also alleged foul play in the presidential election results in Rivers, claiming that he won in the state.
Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress prevailed in Rivers with 231,591 votes to the LP's 175,071 votes.
Obi claimed that voters chose him based on his credentials rather than their ethnicity, and that he received more votes from natives of Lagos than from so-called "visitors."
"In the South-East, the situation is similar; people know who I am, what I stand for, and that I have kept my word. People are aware that I stuck to my word.
People go about and say, 'Oh!' It is a simple thing,' Igbo voters helped him win in Lagos, therefore how many Igbo people reside there? I received more votes from Lagos natives than from so-called tourists.
Do they hail from Igbo descent? Do they inhabit the Plateau? Igbo people live in Abuja? Even though the governor of Rivers publicly opposed me and everything, I still... Reuben, I would have won if Rivers' actual votes had been counted. I received more than 50% of the vote. Obi stated that the other two parties were sharing the others.
In the meantime, Wike recently said that Obi was the election's hero and that if he (Obi) hadn't run, power would have remained in the North. According to Daily trust.
In a town hall speech to Igbo traders in Port Harcourt on Saturday, Wike asserted that Obi's involvement in the election ensured that a southerner would win the presidency.
The governor said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would have won the states where Obi scored victories, allowing the North to continue to hold power through Atiku Abubakar, a PDP candidate.
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