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Senator Dino Melaye, the Chief Spokesperson for the Atiku-Okowa presidential council, has made a new revelation.
He said the Peoples Democratic Party presidential campaign council spent over N400billion on their campaigns.
The spokesperson disclosed this in a video obtained by the PUNCH on Monday night.
In the one minute 45 seconds video, the Melaye said that the whole concept of redesigning the naira was a deception.
This is coming hours after the PDP leadership led by Senator Iyorchia Ayu, and other party chieftains stormed the headquarters of INEC to protest the declaration of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, as the president-elect after the February 25, 2023 elections.
The PDP, Labour Party, and the New Nigeria Peoples Party rejected the election results describing the election as being marred by violence, rigging, lacking integrity by the non-uploading of the presidential results on the IRev portal in real time on the election day thereby calling for its cancellation among others.
The PDP had also lamented what it described as the irregularities recorded during the conduct of the elections.
Melaye further remarked that “to make sure that the mandate of the people given freely to Atiku Abubakar is retrieved, we spent over N400bn just for a caricature show. INEC deceived Nigerians.
On the naira redesign, the spokesperson alleged that “because money was given to Bola Tinubu, the APC shared new notes on Election Day across the country and the PDP was starved of funds. Naira redesign was a ploy by INEC to deceive Nigerians.
He also called on all PDP supporters, lovers of democracy all over the country not to allow this to stand.
A retired Nigerian ambassador, Joe Keshi, has made an appeal to the Supreme Court.
He appealed to the Supreme Court to allow cameras into the court for the first time when the hearing for the Presidential election commences.
The Labour Party, LP; the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; and the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP; have all vowed to approach the court following the outcome of February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was declared winner of the election amid outcry of rigging, suppression and manipulation of votes by politicians across the country.
Keshi, who had been ambassador to many countries, including Togo, Ethiopia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Namibia, Sierra Leone and the United States, said the Supreme Court should endeavour to make the process transparent this time.
“The Supreme Court should do the right thing and for the Supreme Court to do the right thing, for their own sake,” he said on Arise Television’s The Morning Show.
“For goodness sake, let them allow cameras into the court for the first time so that Nigerian people could follow the process so that at the end of the day whatever judgement they gave, Nigerians would be satisfied that they followed their process and followed all the evidence.
“I’m appealing to the judges to allow cameras into the court for the first time to witness so that Nigerians can listen to the evidence and be convinced that the judges are credible as we want them to be.”
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has said the minions of President-elect, Bola Tinubu, unleashed violence during the just concluded elections.
Atiku said he was seeking the cancellation of Saturday’s presidential election because Tinubu’s campaign team admitted the poll was rigged.
He noted that Tinubu’s presidential campaign team’s admittance that there was rigging in the southeast was evidence that the election witnessed irregularities.
The PDP flag bearer stated this in a statement by his spokesman, Phrank Shaibu.
He lamented that Tinubu’s campaign team had continued to attack and mock Nigerians despite stealing their mandate.
Atiku stressed that Tinubu’s loss in Lagos was an indication that Nigerians don’t want him.
The statement reads: “Festus Keyamo’s claim that there was massive rigging in the southeast and that the APC will be challenging the votes in that region validates our position that this election was fraught with irregularities.
“Is it not funny that Tinubu claimed he wanted to replicate the developments of Lagos across Nigeria, and yet the same people of Lagos rejected him at the poll?
“He and his minions unleashed thugs on the people of the state and yet still lost.”
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has won 18 out of the 23 local governments so far announced in Osun State.
His counterpart, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, won in five local government areas of the state.
The collation officers across local governments in the state announced the results before the State Returning Officer, Professor Tolulope Ogunsola of the University of Lagos.
Atiku leads in Boluwaduro, Ifedayo, Ila, Odo-Otin, Irepodun, Orolu, Ede-North, Ede-South, Ife-South, Ife-North, Ola-Oluwa, an Ayedire local government council areas.
Other local government areas where the PDP candidate won include: Obokun, Oriade, Atakumosa-East, Atakumosa-West, Egbedore, Ilesa-East and Ilesa-West.
Meanwhile, Tinubu won in Osogbo, Olorunda, Ife-Central, Ife-East and Boripe local government areas with wide margins.
However, the Labour party comes a distant third in the results declared so far.