Presidential election: What we’ll do if courts fail to deliver justice, Labour Party
The Labour Party (LP) has stated that the youths will be mobilized to take to the streets in protest if the courts fail to deliver justice over the outcome of the 2023 presidential election.
The Special Adviser to the Labour Party on Public Affairs, Dr. Kachi Ononuju who stated this however maintained that the party would not be part of any insurrection but the youth protest would be done to call attention.
Obi and his party however disagreed with the results and claimed they won the election but the results were manipulated in favour of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with the matter already in court.
But Ononuju said the party is ready to launch street protests if the court does not do the right thing and ensure justice prevails.
In a chat with Nigerian Tribune, the LP chieftain said: “If they don’t want to respect the vote, we will turn it into a civil right movement. I’m telling you this.”
He alleged that the permission granted by the court to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reconfigure the BVAS devices ahead of the March 18 governorship polls might lead to tampering with evidence and make it difficult to get justice.
“I thought when we won, they would do this. They’ve done it. We’ll now pursue the other side. If the courts don’t work, the streets are there for us because we have the youth,” he declared.
The LP stalwart added: “So, we might sometimes allow the streets also to tell Judges because at times, Judges don’t see the streets very wild and hot, they may not behave. But we are taking them gradually. We don’t want anybody to point out that we are part and parcel of any insurrection. We will not make that mistake.
“That’s why you see Peter (Obi) is openly allowing himself to be seen to adhere to the processes in the rule of law.”
We Used Ethnic Penetration
Ononuju added that the youths are a major part of the Labour Party and the party adopted what he described as ‘ethnic penetration’ to achieve success in the north by focusing on other ethnic groups in the region apart from the Fulani and Kanuri tribes.
He said the youth have decided to be “frontal and visible in the movement because nobody gave them a chance,” adding that; “Today, we have created, I won’t say a party but call it a civil right movement. That is what it is going to be, peopled by the youth. You will see a lot of people jump into it.”
Ahead of the March 18 governorship polls, he expressed optimism that the Labour Party would perform well in the scheduled governorship and state assembly elections.