The presidential flag bearer of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has filed a petition to challenge the outcome of the February 25th presidential election. The Chief Spokesman of the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, Dr Yunusa Tanko, announced during an exclusive interview that the election petition tribunal has given the LP and its presidential candidate 21 days to wait for a hearing date for their case. Tribunal Gives peter Obi 21 Days For Response, keep reading.
The petition was filed after four weeks of the contentious presidential and National Assembly elections, which produced Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the president-elect. Obi’s petition seeks to reclaim the people’s mandate in court, citing allegations of massive rigging, voter intimidation, and corruption against the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Tribunal Gives peter Obi 21 Days For Response, continue reading.
Dr Tanko shared a copy of the petition with the media to keep them informed of the development. He stated that the waiting period is a legal procedure from the tribunal and expressed optimism that a hearing date would be fixed after 21 days. He also confirmed that Obi has commenced the process of collating materials to back up his claims.
Although Dr Tanko did not reveal why Obi waited this long to file the petition, a source within the party stated that Obi wanted to gather concrete evidence before officially filing the case at the tribunal. The source also disclosed that Obi does not like making claims without getting facts to back them up. Tribunal Gives peter Obi 21 Days For Response, continue reading.
The LP and its presidential candidate are joined as the plaintiffs in the petition marked CA/PEPC/03/2023. The respondents include the INEC, the president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, his deputy, Shettima Kashim, and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Obi is challenging the outcome of the presidential poll on the grounds that Tinubu was not eminently qualified to contest due to an offence involving narcotics trafficking. He also cites INEC’s non-compliance with its guideline and the Electoral Act.
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Peter Obi’s decision to challenge the outcome of the February 25th presidential election is a move to reclaim the people’s mandate in court. The LP and its presidential candidate have been given 21 days to wait for a hearing date by the election petition tribunal.