Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi has reacted to the recent telephone conversation between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Nigeria's President-elect Bola Tinubu.
Obi said the U.S. should respect the principles of law and democracy by allowing Nigeria's courts of law to decide who is the winner of the 2023 presidential election held on February 25.
According to Punch, The former Anambra governor said this on Friday in a tweet thread in which he described Blinken and Tinubu's conversation as "unclear."
Recall that Obi had contested the outcome of the presidential election which produced Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner.
Blinken had called Tinubu on Tuesday and pledged to strengthen U.S.-Nigerian relations.
Reacting, Obi said, "There is still a lack of clarity based on the call by the US Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken to the APC presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu on May 16, 2023. The most fundamental principle and core value of democracy is the rule of law," Obi tweeted.
"Nigeria's democracy is based on these principles that the American people cherish. Without the risk of interfering in Nigeria's internal affairs, the U.S.-Nigeria relationship must be guided by the fundamental values of democracy."
"Above all, Nigerians expect U.S. responses to our issues to be based on mutual respect, shared ideals, aspirations, and interests that should transcend any individual's considerations."
Contextually, Nigeria's true friends and partners cannot overlook the intentional manipulation and misrepresentation of the freely expressed will of Nigerians during the February 25 elections.
"It is therefore of utmost importance that a beacon of democracy like the United States does not respond to political developments in Nigeria in a way that weakly suggests taking sides.
"There is an ongoing political and judicial process surrounding the latest presidential election in Nigeria. We expect the United States to wait for the full resolution of the ongoing judicial processes before tacitly conferring legitimacy on any of the contending parties.
"The final determination of the true winner of the elections can only be made by the relevant courts of law. Moreover, the issues in judicial dispute involve far-reaching violations of both the Nigerian Electoral Act and the Nigerian Constitution."
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