The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has advised the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi to go and leak the wounds of his defeats and stop blaming the judiciary for his electoral failure.
The governing party berated the former Anambra Governor for exhibiting a sense of self-entitlement by overrating himself and accusing the democratic institution of his abysmal performance at the poll.
Reacting to what it called a belated and grouchy reaction to the judgment of the Supreme Court dismissing his appeal against the electoral victory of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC through its National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka told the LP flag bearer that court cases are not won on public opinion but on evidence and law.
According to Morka in a statement last night, the APC faulted Obi’s position that “the Supreme Court exhibited a disturbing aversion to public opinion just as it abandoned its responsibility as a court of law and policy.”
The statement reads: “At his Press Conference earlier today, November 6, 2023, Obi, again blamed our democratic institutions, particularly the courts for not awarding him victory – not because he won the election, not because he proved his case in court as required by law but because he is Peter Obi. That haughty sense of entitlement seems to pervade his vitriolic attack on our institutions.
“Mr Obi’s gross inability to distinguish between his warped version of public opinion and reality has been his greatest undoing throughout the electioneering season. Taken by the mass hysteria of his vociferous netizens and fringe supporters, Mr Obi ensconced himself in an alternate reality, a parallel political universe of self-delusion.”
APC further argued that as “someone who has previously benefited from the rulings of the Supreme Court on electoral matters”, Obi’s acerbic attack on the judiciary only belies his arrogance and vainness.
“When the same courts previously decided to favour his favour, the courts were beacons of democracy. Now that the decisions are against him, all of a sudden, the courts have betrayed democracy. Mr Obi, it cannot always be about you. It must always be about our country. Cases are not won on public opinion, they are won on evidence and the law. You failed on both counts.”
Welcoming Obi’s decision to engage in opposition politics going forward, the ruling party urged him and the party to be mature and constructive in their contribution.
“We welcome Mr Obi’s decision to engage in opposition politics going forward. We urge Obi and his Labour Party to do so maturely and constructively, and contribute to the important task of building a safer, stronger and more prosperous country for us all.”
By Jide Orintunsin
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