PEPC: Why Labour Party rejected Tribunal Judgement

The Labour Party (LP) firmly rejected the Presidential Election Petition Court Judgment against its presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi.
Julius Abure
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The Presidential Election Petition Court, in its judgment, dismissed the LP's and Mr. Peter Obi's allegation that the 2023 presidential election was rigged in favor of President Bola Tinubu.

Justice Abba Mohammed, delivering the court's preliminary ruling, held that Obi and the LP did not establish their allegation of manifest corrupt practices during the election held on February 25, based on credible evidence.

Additionally, the court also dismissed the allegation that President Bola Tinubu had been convicted in the United States of America (USA) on a drug trafficking-related charge.

In its lead judgment on the joint petition filed by the Labour Party and Mr. Peter Obi, the court found that the evidence before it established that the $460,000 fine imposed on Tinubu in the US was related to a civil matter.

In response, the Labour Party, through its National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, expressed its dissatisfaction, stating that justice had not been served.

He remarked, "The Labour Party watched with dismay and trepidation the dismissal of petitions by the five-man panel of the Presidential Election Petition Court led by Justice Haruna Tsammani today, and we reject the outcome of the judgment in its entirety because justice was not served and it did not reflect the law and the desire of the people."

He went on to assert that Nigerians had witnessed the electoral irregularities that occurred on February 25, 2023, which had been widely condemned globally. Despite this, the Tribunal had refused to acknowledge the obvious. He emphasized the importance of democracy and the determination to continue striving for it.

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