The Federal Government has warned Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, against encouraging violence in response to the results of the presidential election.

The caution was issued by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, in Washington, DC, during official meetings with a few international media outlets regarding the recently completed 2023 elections.

The minister has so far worked with the Voice of America, Associated Press, Washington Post, and Foreign Policy Magazine.

When speaking with the media outlets, Mohammed claimed that it was improper for Obi to call for violence on one hand while simultaneously seeking legal recourse over the election results on the other.

“Obi and his vice, Datti Ahmed, cannot be threatening Nigerians that if the President-elect, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress is sworn in on May 29, it will be the end of democracy in Nigeria. This is treason. You cannot be inviting insurrection, and this is what they are doing.

“Obi’s statement is that of a desperate person, he is not the democrat that he claimed to be.

“A democrat should not believe in democracy only when he wins the election,” he said.

The minister said in challenging the election results, there was no pathway to victory for either Obi or Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.

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According to the minister, neither Obi nor Atiku met the constitutional requirements to be declared as president.

“The constitution has stringent criteria for anybody who wants to be president of the country.

“Not only must he have the plurality of vote cast in an election, he must also have scored one-quarter of votes cast in at least 25 states.

“Only the president-elect met the criteria by scoring 8.79 million votes and having one-quarter of all the votes cast in 29 states of the federation,” he said.

The minister said Atiku who came second with 6.9 million votes was only able to make one-quarter of the votes cast in 21 states.

He said Obi came third with 5.8 million votes but won only one-quarter of votes cast in 15 states.

“You cannot win an election in a poll where you came to a distant third position and failed to meet constitutional requirements,” the minister said
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