…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media.
The Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, Peter Obi, expressed his gratitude to his legal team for their efforts in challenging the outcome of the February 25 election.
Despite placing third in the presidential election results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Obi rejected the outcome and sought to reclaim his alleged ‘stolen mandate’ through the Presidential Election Petitions Court (PEPC).
INEC Rejects Documents Presented by LP:
However, INEC rejected some of the documents presented by the LP and its presidential candidate before the tribunal.
The petitioners had submitted certified true copies of election results from six states in support of their challenge.
Obi and his party argued that President Bola Tinubu was not the valid winner of the February 25 presidential election in Nigeria.
Additional Results Presented:
During the proceedings, the petitioners tendered further election results from six other states, including Adamawa, Bayelsa, Oyo, Edo, Lagos, and Akwa Ibom.
However, INEC’s counsel objected to the admissibility of the additional results from Rivers State, claiming they were “strange.”
The reasons for this objection were promised to be provided in INEC’s final written address.
INEC’s Objection Explained:
INEC’s lawyer, Kemi Pinheiro (SAN), initially opposed the tendering of the election result sheets, stating that the petitioners had exceeded the areas where the election was being disputed.
He further informed the court that INEC would elaborate on its reasons for the objection in the final written address.
Adjournment and Obi’s Response:
After the court session, Obi took to Twitter to share his thoughts.
He mentioned that the proceedings went well, and the case was adjourned until Monday, June 5.
He expressed his continuous gratitude for the efforts of his legal team in pursuing the reclaiming of his alleged mandate from Tinubu.
Peter Obi, the LP flagbearer, remains optimistic about his legal team’s efforts in challenging the election outcome.
While facing opposition from INEC regarding the admissibility of certain documents, Obi continues to express gratitude for the progress made in his pursuit of reclaiming what he believes to be his rightful mandate.
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