…By Larry John for TDPel Media.
The Rejected Documents:
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rejected certain documents presented before the Election Petition Court by Peter Obi and the Labour Party (LP) in their lawsuit challenging the victory of President Bola Tinubu.
Obi and the Labour Party submitted certified true copies of election results contained in Forms EC 8As from six states of the federation as evidence supporting their petition.
The Grounds of the Petition:
Obi and his Labour Party, in their joint petition marked CA/PEPC/03/2023, are arguing that President Tinubu was not the legitimate winner of the presidential election held on February 25 in Nigeria.
They are questioning Tinubu’s eligibility to participate in the presidential contest.
The Introduction of Further Election Results:
During the proceedings, the petitioners presented additional election results from six other states, namely Adamawa, Bayelsa, Oyo, Edo, Lagos, and Akwa Ibom, in addition to the ones submitted previously.
However, INEC’s counsel, Kemi Pinhero (SAN), objected to the admissibility of the election results from Rivers State, labeling them as “strange.”
Pinhero informed the court that the Commission would provide reasons for opposing the admissibility in its final written address.
Interjection by the Election Petition Panel:
Justice Harunna Tsammani, the chairman of the five-man election petition panel, interjected during Pinhero’s speech, stating that it was unacceptable for the lawyer to present reasons for objection after the commission had previously indicated that they would present their reasons during the address stage of the proceedings.
Adjournment for Further Hearing
After considering the arguments from all parties involved, the panel adjourned the hearing to Monday, May 5, for further proceedings on the matter.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn