Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate, has reacted to concerns raised against his petition contesting the 2023 presidential election, in which Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was proclaimed the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Remember that Obi, who finished third in the election, claimed that there were numerous anomalies in the voting process, including Mr. Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima, not being eligible to run for office.
Additionally, he said that Mr. Tinubu was unable to win the majority of the legitimate votes cast in the election, just as he was unable to win one-fourth of the legitimate votes cast in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Additionally, he claimed that the Electoral Act of 2022’s rules were substantially broken during the conduct of the election.
However, INEC, Tinubu, and his political party, the APC, had filed objections, requesting that the Tribunal dismiss Obi’s case for misusing the legal system.
But in responses dated April 20, Obi’s legal team, lead by Dr. Livy Ozoukwu SAN, argued that his petitions are solidly founded and can be used to legally overturn the INEC-announced results for the 2023 presidential election.
Furthermore, in an effort to save time, Obi’s team requested the “issuance of pre-hearing notice” in relation of his appeal in a letter to the Secretary of the Presidential Election Court dated April 21.
Him and the respective parties received the pre-hearing paperwork from the court, as can be seen in the letter.
By refusing to provide him with all of the electoral materials used during the presidential election, INEC breached the court’s orders, as demonstrated by Obi.
Obi intends to argue the following during the pre-hearing session, according to the form our correspondent saw: “Applications for subpoena, objections, enforcement of an order of the court not obeyed by INEC and other applications arising in the course of the hearing.”
As pre-hearing and full hearing sitting may start next month, it was learned that the Court of Appeal leadership may determine the date for sitting before the end of April.
It has been noted that remodeling has started at the court where the proceedings will take place.
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