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Peter Obi Appeals Tribunal Judgement At Supreme Court, Calls For Nullification Of Tinubu’s Presidency



Peter Obi

The candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in the February 25 election, Peter Obi, on Tuesday filed 51 grounds of appeal before the Supreme Court to nullify the victory of President Bola Tinubu. 

News About Nigeria recalled that the five-man tribunal panel led by Justice Haruna Tsammani on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, dismissed petitions by Peter Obi and his counterpart, Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

The court in its judgement, held that the petition of the duo against the President lacked merit.

In his appeal, Obi maintained that the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, erred in law and thereby reached a wrong conclusion when it dismissed the petition he lodged to challenge the outcome of the presidential poll that was held on February 25.

He also stated that the tribunal in their Judgement where they held that he did not specify polling units where irregularities occurred during the election wrongly occasioned a grave miscarriage of justice against him.

He also faulted the Justice Tsammani-led panel for dismissing his case on the basis that he did not specify the figures of votes or scores that were allegedly suppressed or inflated in favour of President Tinubu and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

He also pointed out that the panel erred in law when it relied on paragraphs 4(1) (d) (2) and 54 of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act 2022 to strike out paragraphs of his petition.

Obi also told Supreme Court that the panel unjustly dismissed his allegation that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, uploaded 18, 088 blurred results on its IReV portal.

He, therefore, accused the lower court of breaching his right to fair hearing, insisting that, the evidence of his witnesses was wrongly dismissed as incompetent.

“The learned justices of the court below erred in law and occasioned a miscarriage of justice they held and concluded that he failed to establish the allegation of corrupt practices and over-voting,” he added.