PETER OBI, CHIJIOKE EDEOGA, BIGGEST CASUALTIES OF 2023 ELECTORAL FRAUD – ABURE
The National Chairman of the Labour Party, Barrister Julius Abure, has described the party’s Presidential flagbearer in the 2023 election, Peter Obi and the Enugu State Governorship candidate of the party, Chijioke Edeoga, as two biggest casualties of the 2023 electoral fraud.
Speaking while receiving Edeoga who was at the national headquarters of the Labour Party in Abuja, on Wednesday on “a Thank You visit”, Abure said that the whole world was aware of the injustice done to the party.
“Even before you spoke about electoral reforms, the party has decided since last year that we are going to pursue electoral reforms in Nigeria. And that what happened to us in the general election will never happen to us again.
“We believe that the starting point is to begin early enough with the pursuit of electoral reform because we saw all the antics that played out between the National Assembly and the Presidency in the past electoral reform.
“And as I speak with you, we are already constituting a committee that will give us the framework for the review.
“We also decided that the Labour Party will not be a spectator and that we will be the drivers of that process.”
According to Abure, the only people that can pursue electoral reforms are those who are victims of the process.
“I have made it clear that the major victim of the 2023 general election is the Labour Party. And therefore we cannot be seen to take a back seat in the pursuit of electoral reform and in defence of our votes.
“Since you are a major victim, one major victim after Peter Obi of electoral fraud in Nigeria, you will be in the best position to help the party and Nigeria generally to resolve this crisis in our hands,” he said, and then announced the appointment of Edeoga into the team of the party’s committee that will work for the reformation of the nation’s electoral act.
Earlier, Edeoga had informed the party Chairman that the people of Enugu State were mourning and getting sick over the court judgement that had failed to address electoral irregularities in the election.
He stated that he would never accept the judgement as it failed to address his prayers to correct the injustice experienced in the election.
While giving an account of his participation in the election, Edeoga said he was yet to come to terms with the final judgement against him even with the obvious evidence that supported his application.
He however pleaded with the party to support electoral act reform.
He said that he was rigged out in the March 18th 2023 election by the collusion of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the Enugu State government under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“Electoral brigandage and vote rigging are the most dangerous things that can happen in a democracy. Because the people who vote are voting on the basis of their prayers, based on their frustrations, based on their expectations but as soon as they cast their votes, the votes disappeared,” Edeoga explained.
He advised that, “Anything we can do to protect the sanctity of votes, we should do it.
“The votes mean someone’s approval for a candidate. It is more than a physical act. It is not just a symbolic act, it has a spiritual dimension.
“After the Supreme Court judgement, many people have not come to terms with it. A lot of people are facing one ill-health or the other.
“The judgement threw Enugu into a mourning condition. I have not come to terms with it and I will never come to terms with it.
“But I have to come here to tell you that the ticket you gave me, I did not play with it, I did not trade with it, I did not bargain with it.
“I knew that my people entrusted their mandate to me but it was not my fault, I tried my best.
“I came to say thank you. I came to say, ‘I am here, send me to continue the work of national redemption’.”Edeoga said, “It is very clear that they robbed us of that election. It was done in collusion with INEC officials and PDP government in Enugu state.