Tribunal: Peter Obi in court, Tinubu absent as legal fireworks begin


Tribunal: Peter Obi in court, Tinubu absent as legal fireworks begin

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, has arrived at the election petition tribunal.

The presidential election petition tribunal will today May 8 commence the hearing of petitions challenging the controversial declaration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, as the president-elect.

On March 1, the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Tinubu the winner of the February 25 presidential election.

The declaration was however rejected by two of the contending Presidential candidates, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP and Peter Obi of the Labour Party. In separate petitions, Obi and Atiku have asked the tribunal to grant orders to void the election or declare them the winners of the polls.

In a 66-page petition, Atiku asked the court to cancel the election and order a fresh one due to alleged irregularities that marred the February 25 polls in thousands of polling units.

In the petition filed by his legal team led by Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN), the former Vice president argued that as of March 1 when Tinubu was declared the winner of the election, the entire results and accreditation data from polling units had not been transmitted and uploaded by INEC.

On his part, Obi, in his petition, argued that the election was characterized by various irregularities, citing also the alleged non-qualification of Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima, to contest the election.

The former governor of Anambra State also alleged that Tinubu failed to win a majority of lawful votes and also one-quarter of lawful votes cast in the FCT. He equally alleged that the election was largely conducted without complying with the provision of the law.

By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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