Amid the ongoing legal faceoff between the Labour Party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the outcome of the just-concluded presidential elections, Peter Gregory Obi has come out to reply to his critics who have accused him of engaging in rigging during the polls.
Speaking to journalists during his visit to Agbor, Delta State on Saturday, Obi, who is currently on a ‘Thank You’ tour around the country, insisted that every vote he got during the elections was given to him by Nigerians who voted for hope and a new Nigeria.
Responding to claims that he mostly got votes from Igbos in the country, Obi argued that he won in states that are known not to be predominantly occupied by people from the southeast.
He said; “People who voted for me across the nation voted for hope. I have never rigged an election, and I have never paid anyone to do the same for me. I have never bought votes and I have never paid people to vote for me. And I’ll never do so. In those places where people talked about me being voted for by a group of people or the Igbos, it is wrong. I had thousands of votes in most states in the north. In Kaduna, I got more than three hundred thousand votes, where they said we would not get up to 2000 votes. In several other places in the north, we got votes.
We won in Jos, and the Igbos are not the most populated people there. We won in Lagos, and Igbos are not the most populated people there. In fact, I got more votes from the indigenes than I got from the Igbos. In Edo, the Igbos are not the most populated people there, the same thing in Delta, Cross River, and several other places. They voted for hope. And I keep saying to Nigerians, I can change this country. I have what it takes because I have done it at what I call a sub-national state. So, I have the experience and the global contact to change this country.”
SOURCE: YouTube (Channels TV).