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Tinubu: INEC Begs Tribunal To Strike Out Peter Obi’s Petitions

Tinubu: INEC Begs Tribunal To Strike Out Peter Obi’s Petitions

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Tinubu: INEC Begs Tribunal To Strike Out Peter Obi’s Petitions

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has asked the presidential election petition tribunal to strike out the petition filed by the Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, against the emergence of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as President-elect.

CityNews Nigeria reports that in its petition marked CA/PEPC/03/2023, Livy Ozoukwu, lead counsel to Labour Party and Peter Obi, contended that Tinubu “was not duly elected by the majority of the lawful votes cast at the time of the election.”

Obi and LP claimed that Shettima had a double nomination in contravention of the electoral act, adding that the February 25th presidential election was marred by rigging and manipulations.

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They claimed that INEC violated its regulations when it announced the results when at the time of the announcement, the total polling unit results had yet to be fully scanned, uploaded, and transmitted electronically as required by the electoral act.

Responding to the petitions, Abubakar Mahmoud, counsel to INEC, said the reliefs sought by Peter Obi and his party are not grantable.

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He asked the election tribunal to either “dismiss or strike out the petition for being grossly incompetent, abusive, vague, nebulous, generic, general, non-specific, ambiguous, equivocal, hypothetical and academic.”

While arguing that the grounds of the petition are vague, INEC discredited the petitioners over the claim that Tinubu was not elected by the majority of lawful votes.

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The commission stated that the petitioners’ prayer to declare that Obi scored the majority of lawful votes cast at the election and be declared winner was defective for failure to join necessary parties and for lack of requisite particulars and pleading to support same.

The commission said Obi could not be returned as elected “not having polled majority of the lawful votes cast at the election and /or secured one-quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two-thirds of all states in the federation and the FCT.”

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