Calmness Is Required In This Moment – Peter Okoye
Nigerian musician, Peter Okoye of P-Square, has called for calm among supporters of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, following his defeat in the 2023 presidential election.
Okoye’s message was shared via his Twitter handle on Wednesday evening, amid rumors of planned protests across the country over the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) allegedly false results.
According to the results announced by the Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) emerged as the winner with 8,794,726 votes, while Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi, both from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), scored 6,984,520 and 6,101,533 votes, respectively.
However, many Nigerians have expressed anger and disbelief over the results released by INEC, which they believe do not reflect what happened at the polling units. There is also growing frustration over INEC’s failure to use the Biometric Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and transmit results from the polling units to its portal, as promised.
Despite the uncertainty and unrest, Okoye urged Peter Obi and his supporters to remain calm and embrace peace, stating that their mandate may have been delayed but cannot be denied.
Okoye tweeted, “Dear H.E @PeterObi your mandate can only be delayed, but cannot be denied. Please, my fellow obedient, be calm, we live to fight another day, so please embrace peace. Let’s all allow the right people of the law to handle the case. Thank you Nigerians.”
It is yet to be seen how Peter Obi and his supporters will respond to the outcome of the election, and whether peaceful protests will be held in the coming days.