Atiku Explains Why Obi Could Not Have Won 2023 Presidential Election

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The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Atiku  Abubakar has said that  Mr  Peter Obi, the candidate of the Labour Party, could not have gotten the constitutionally required spread needed to emerge president.,

He stated this yesterday in his Party’s reactions to the Independent  National Electoral Commission(INEC) , announcement that he came second in the just concluded Presidential election, and against the backdrop of the assertion by  Obi of the Labour Party , that he won the election and that he would go to court to prove it to Nigerians.

Atiku said Mr Obi, the candidate of the Labour Party, could not have gotten the constitutionally required spread needed to be declared president.

Apart from winning majority votes, a candidate is also expected to get 25 per cent of votes in at least 25 states to be declared the winner of the presidential election.

In his speech, Atiku who said his party won the election and that it was heading for the courts to challenge the results,  acknowledged that Mr Obi’s candidacy denied PDP votes, from its traditional strongholds, in the South-east and South-south regions, but said victory in those regions cannot be sufficient for Mr Obi to be declared president.

According to INEC, Atiku came second with 6,984,520 votes in the election, behind APC’s Bola Tinubu who emerged as the winner with  8,794,726 votes, while  Mr Obi came third   with 6,101,533 votes

Each of the three major candidates, however, won in 12 states while Mr Tinubu was the only one that scored 25 per cent of votes in more than 24 states (he scored it in 30 states), a constitutional requirement to be declared the winner.