Akin Osuntokun, the Director-General of the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Committee, has stated that his party has a watertight appeal against Bola Tinubu’s victory.
It will be remembered that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) named Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the victor of Nigeria’s presidential election in 2023.
Not pleased with the election results, the former governor of Anambra State contested the INEC results and Tinubu’s election as president-elect.
The LP and its flagbearer maintained in the petition designated CA/PEPC/03/2023 submitted by his principal attorney, Livy Ozoukwu, that Tinubu “was not legitimately elected by a majority of the lawful votes cast at the time of the election.”
The petitioners alleged that there was rigging in 11 states and promised to prove it in the declaration of results based on the uploaded information.
Obi and LP claimed that INEC breached its own regulations when it published the results despite the fact that the totality of polling unit results had yet to be fully scanned, uploaded, and transferred electronically as required by the Electoral Act at the time of the announcement.
The petitioners asked the tribunal to “find that, at the time of the presidential election held on February 25, 2023, the second and third respondents (Tinubu and Shettima) were not entitled to contest the election,” among other things.
In an interview with Vanguard on Monday, Osuntokun stated that the evidence against the party is too obvious and expressed confidence that the party would reclaim its mandate at the tribunal.
He said: “I don’t see how many petitions, numbering in hundreds, can be evidence for credibility; I see it as a twisted logic. In fact, the reverse should be the case. Are you saying 400 people are accusing somebody of theft? If you have 400 complaints of an election conducted, how can that be evidence of credibility? It is exactly the opposite.
“In any case, we have a watertight petition, the evidence is too conspicuous. That is the kind of confidence that we have.
We have evidence against their servers of the results they announced; I don’t know what anybody can say about that.”
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