PEPT Judgement Day; Court Dismisses Peter Obi’s Petition

“They also failed to prove that their votes were suppressed”

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed Peter Obi’s petition challenging Bola Tinubu’s victory in the 2022 presidential election.

The dismissal centered on allegations of INEC’s non-compliance with the 2022 Electoral Act.

The court struck out several paragraphs of the LP’s petition for being generic and vague.

Peter Obi, the former vice president and candidate of the Labour Party, had lodged a petition asserting that INEC had not adhered to the provisions of the 2022 Electoral Act during the election, which ultimately saw Bola Tinubu declared as the winner.

The tribunal however gave a verdict in favor of Bola Tinubu stating Peter Obi’s failure to state the polling units in question regarding INEC’s alleged non-compliance.

The trial judge Justice Abba Mohammed said LP made “generic allegations of irregularities and said they would rely on spreadsheets, inspection reports and forensic analysis filed with the petition during trial but the documents promised by the petitioners were not attached to the petition.

“They also failed to prove that their votes were suppressed by failing to specify the number of votes suppressed.”


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