Peter Obi Appeals to Supreme Court, Accuses INEC of Voter’s Subversion
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Peter Obi Appeals to Supreme Court, Accuses INEC of Voter’s Subversion

Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), has pledged to take his case to the Supreme Court to challenge the election win of Bola Tinubu from the All Progressives Congress, in light of the decision made by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT).

During a press conference in Onitsha On Thursday in Anambra State, the former governor of Anambra announced his disagreement with the court’s “reasoning and conclusions” from the judgment issued on Wednesday. Obi mentioned that he has instructed his legal team to proceed with filing an appeal against the court’s decision.

Obi acknowledged the court for keeping to the time frame

Obi stated that the Presidential Election Petition Court had delivered its much-anticipated judgments on September 6, 2023, regarding the petitions that questioned the results of the presidential election held on February 25, 2023. 

He acknowledged that the court had acted within the statutory time frame and contributed to due process, as well as making an effort to bolster democracy.

Obi’s intentions to challenge the court’s ruling

However, Obi expressed that he and the Labour Party respectfully disagreed with the court’s rationale and the conclusions reached in the judgment. He revealed that both he, as the presidential candidate and the Labour Party intend to immediately challenge the court’s decision through an appeal, as permitted by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Obi emphasized that while the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) has made its ruling, it is not the ultimate authority on the matter, the responsibility now shifts to the Supreme Court. He pointed out that judgment does not always equate to justice. Obi urged Nigerians to stay focused, steadfast, and peaceful, encouraging them to adhere to the rule of law. He stressed that the legal process has not yet reached its final conclusion.

He also revealed that his legal team has been given firm instructions to file an appeal against the court’s decision. Peter Obi vowed to continue his pursuit of justice, stating that his motivation was not just for himself but also for his numerous supporters across the country. He expressed regret that their mandate, given at the polls, was unfortunately cut short by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Obi addressed INEC’s failure and expressed gratitude to Nigerians

Obi went on to discuss the importance of strong national institutions in sustaining the value and strength of democracy. He argued that if INEC had performed its duties in a credible, transparent, and fair manner, there would be little need for electoral litigations like the one he is involved in. Obi expressed that INEC’s recent failure to uphold these standards has made it necessary to seek justice through the judiciary.

He took the opportunity to express his gratitude to all Nigerians who have supported his campaign for a “New Nigeria,” a vision characterized by fairness, equity, justice, the rule of law, peace, prosperity, inclusiveness, sustainable growth, and development. Peter Obi believes that such a New Nigeria is both possible and achievable. He extended special thanks to his legal team, the Labour Party, the ‘Obidient’ family, and everyone who attended the court trials. In closing, he offered blessings to all his supporters and to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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