Accompanied by his wife and his lawyers, Congo opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, center, petitions the constitutional court following his loss in the presidential elections in Kinshasa, Congo, Saturday Jan. 12, 2019.
Accompanied by his wife and his lawyers, Congo opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, center, petitions the constitutional court following his loss in the presidential elections in Kinshasa, Congo, Saturday Jan. 12, 2019.

KINSHASA - Congo's presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu, who is challenging his election loss in court, says the government deployed armed soldiers around his headquarters because of the ruling party's "desperation."

Fayulu is legally challenging his defeat, saying that he won 61 percent of the vote, citing figures compiled by the Catholic Church's 40,000 election observers across the vast Central African country. Those figures say that election winner Felix Tshieskedi only received 18 percent of the vote.

Accompanied by his wife and his lawyers, Congo opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, center, petitions the constitutional court following his loss in the presidential elections in Kinshasa, Congo, Saturday Jan. 12, 2019.
DR Congo Opposition Candidate Fayulu Challenges Election Results in Court
Democratic Republic of Congo presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu has challenged the outcome of the country's election in court, claiming he defeated opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi by a wide margin.Fayulu's opposition coalition said Friday he captured 61 percent of the vote, citing figures from the Catholic Church, which placed 40,000 election observers across the Central African country. The coalition said Tshisekedi won 18 percent of the vote.

As Fayulu was preparing to file his legal challenge at the constitutional court Saturday, the Republican Guard surrounded his offices, dispersed supporters from the premises and briefly entered the property, according to witnesses.
 
Fayulu spoke to the press Sunday after attending mass at the Philadelphie missionary center in Kinshasa and was asked about the incident with the Republican Guard.
 
"I'm attributing this to desperation. But we have faith," said Fayulu. "Our faith is intact, unshakeable, because the people have decided, and the wishes of the people will come true."

Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu speaks to the p
Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu speaks to the press at his headquarters in Kinshasa, Congo, Jan. 10, 2019.

Tshisekedi was expected to attend a service in the same church later Sunday but he cancelled for "security reasons," according to a church press officer. Several journalists were waiting for him as Tshisekedi has made no public appearances since the announcements by Fayulu and the Catholic Church that the figures giving him victory are not accurate.
 
"Felix Tsishekedi spoke the day the results were announced. At this stage he has nothing to add," said press officer Lydie Omenga on Sunday. "He has already started work and now waits for the results to be confirmed. We are serene and we let the process follow its course. He will speak at his inauguration."