We will not congratulate Tinubu as president-elect just yet: Ndigbo Ohanaeze Ndigbo

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Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Igbo people’s primary socio-political organization, said it will not congratulate President-elect Bola Tinubu just yet.

Ohanaeze’s national Vice President, Damian Okeke-Ogene, said that they cannot do so until the legal procedure is completed.

Mr Okeke-Ogene stated in a statement on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, “Ohanaeze is not in a hurry to recognize Tinubu as the President-elect because any house built on a faulty foundation is bound to collapse.”

“We believe that the process of the 2023 presidential election is still ongoing,” he continued. The voting has ended, and the court has taken over. Until the outcome of the court process is known, we cannot take a stance on the 2023 election.”

The outcome of the February 25 presidential election is currently being challenged in the Presidential Election Tribunal by Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Messrs Obi and Abubakar argue that Mr Tinubu was not duly nominated by the APC and that INEC violated its own rules by electing the APC candidate as president-elect.

Meanwhile, preparations for the handover of power to Mr Tinubu and his deputy, Kashim Shettima, on May 29 are underway.

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