The Peoples Democratic Party said it would be staging a protest at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital territory on Monday.
The electoral umpires had declared Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress the winner of the presidential poll.
But, opposition candidates including PDP’s Abubakar Atiku and Labour Party’s Peter Obi rejected the results and vowed to challenge it in court.
Dino Melaye, the spokesperson for the PDP presidential campaign, urged protesters to be dressed in black attire.
He said, “All lovers of Democracy are invited to a peaceful protest march tomorrow Monday at 10am.”
“We will converge at Legacy House before MTN office Maitama. Everyone is expected to wear black on black. In an unjust society, silence is a crime. Let’s save our Democracy, ” he said.
At the same time, the APC has reacted to the protest call. Festus Keyamo, the minister of labour and productivity, who doubles as the spokesperson for the Tinubu campaign, questioned PDP’s rationale for the planned demonstration.
“I understand PDP is planning a protest. Question: are they also protesting that LP rigged in the areas where LP won? Are they saying @officialABAT should not have won the South West? Are they calling for cancellation of areas they won in the North? What are they really saying? Keyamo asked rhetorically in a tweet.
Nigeria’s presidential election has been a subject of controversy due to pockets of violence, ballot-box snatching, and the inability of INEC to upload the results declared at polling units in real-time.
The opposition claimed INEC colluded with the ruling party to secure Tinubu a win.