Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) candidate in the recently concluded presidential election, has issued an open appeal to his supporters not to enter court premises as a hearing over claimed electoral malpractice is set to begin.

He encouraged his subordinates, known as Obidients, to provide his legal team with the necessary space and peace of mind to work on his case.

Obi, in a tweet on Wednesday, March 8th, expressed his opposition to the notion of a rally or protest around the courthouse.

He said; “As we go about seeking redress for our stolen mandate, I plead with OBIdients to respect the sanctity of the Court premises and give our legal team the space and peaceful environment to carry out their duties.

The Court Premises is not and should not be turned into a rally ground. I urge the Obidients to go about their businesses peacefully.”

He also claimed that despite getting a court order, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is refusing to allow his team to examine electoral materials.

Obi also stated that, as a result of the development, he will appear in court today, March 8, 2023.

He wrote; “I am supposed to commence our whistle-stop campaign for our various Labour Party Governorship and State Assembly Candidates today. Initially, my trip was to take me to Nasarawa, Lagos, Enugu, Abia, Delta, Edo, Rivers, Plateau, Borno, etc.

However, following INEC’s refusal to allow our party to inspect the materials (including BVAS) from the 25th February presidential elections, I am personally heading to the Court today with our lawyers.”

The former Anambra state governor recently declared that he won the 2023 presidential election and he will prove it in court.