Some Nigerians in the US have reportedly secured a permit to
protest against the election victory of President-elect Bola Tinubu.
The protest is said to be billed for April 3.
In a statement on Thursday, Tai Balofin, chairman of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) in the US, said Nigerians should not be disturbed
by the planned protest.
Balofin said the US government is not in support of the
protest and that anyone could secure permission to stage a demonstration.
“It is important to
note that the US government is not involved or in support of the protest, as
anybody can get approval for a peaceful protest,” NAN quoted the US APC
chairman as saying.
“It is our belief that the Nigerian presidential election was
free and fair, and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu won the election. The majority of
Nigerian voters gave him their mandate, and no propaganda, manipulation or
tissue of lies can stop his inauguration.
“We want to assure Nigerians that Nigeria will not secede,
and it will remain united, we must work together to salvage it.”
He alleged that Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the
Labour Party (LP), is behind the planned protest.
“We also wish to state that this protest was sponsored by
Peter Obi, who lost the election in Nigeria,” he said.
Yunusa Tanko, the LP spokesperson, could not be reached for
comment on the allegation that Obi orchestrated the protest.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had
declared Tinubu the winner of the presidential election after securing
Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had the
second-highest figure with 6,984,520 votes while Obi was next with 6,101,533
Abubakar and Obi are currently before the presidential
election tribunal challenging the victory of Tinubu.
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