During the February 25 elections, Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party claimed that Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers State, worked against his candidacy. He denied that ethnic considerations influenced his voters, stating that the electorate supported him because they knew what he stood for. Obi also asserted that he received more votes from Lagos natives than from so-called "visitors," and the same was true in other regions of the country.
"In the South-East, people know me and know what I stand for. I have kept my promises and stayed true to my word," he remarked. "Some people claim that I got votes in Lagos because of the Igbo community. But how many Igbo people actually live in Lagos? In fact, I received more votes from indigenes in Lagos than from visitors."
Obi went on to describe how he won over 50% of the vote in Rivers State despite Governor Wike's opposition. "If the real votes of Rivers were counted, I won. The other two parties were sharing the others," he declared during his appearance on Arise TV on Monday. His claims have sparked further debate about the transparency and fairness of the electoral process in Nigeria.
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