The quest by Peter Obi and the Labour Party to send Bola Tinubu packing from the presidency took a different turn Tuesday, as the party and its presidential candidate produced 51 reasons the Supreme Court must void the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
The Election Tribunal had, on September 6, 2023, entered judgment in the petition filed by Obi and LP challenging the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to announce Tinubu as winner of the February 25 election.
Obi and LP’s team of lawyers led by Dr Livy Uzokwu (SAN) beat the deadline for the filing of the Appeal and are approaching the apex court on 51 grounds, which they termed an error in law to prove that the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate in the election, Bola Ahmed Tinubu did not win the election and that it was wrong for both INEC and the PEPC to declare him winner of the election.
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LP and Obi argued that it was wrong to return Tinubu as winner when incontrovertible evidence point the other way.
In their reliefs, Obi and the Labour Party sought from the Apex Court four key points: allow the Appeal, set aside the perverse judgment of the PEPC, and grant the reliefs sought in the petition, either in the main or in the alternative.
On the issue of the 25 percent requirement for Abuja, Obi and the Labour Party listed the particulars of error by the PEPC, saying that the PEPC failed to appreciate that for the President to assume the office or position of the Governor of Abuja is also under a mandate to secure 25 percent of the votes cast in the FCT.
They also accused the PEPC of overlooking the fuller purport of section 299, which will be more glaring on a calm examination of section 301 of the constitution.
No date yet has been fixed for the hearing of the case.