Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court challenging the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal which upheld Bola Tinubu’s victory.
In a 50-ground notice of appeal, Obi, through his lead counsel Dr. Livy Uzoukwu SAN, contends that the Justice Haruna Tsammani-led panel wrongly dismissed his case. He argues that the tribunal incorrectly held that he did not specify polling units where irregularities occurred in the election.
Obi also faults the tribunal for dismissing his petition on the grounds that he did not provide figures of votes or scores that were allegedly suppressed or inflated in Tinubu’s favour. The panel is accused of erring in law by relying on provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 to strike out parts of the petition.
The appeal alleges a breach of Obi’s right to fair hearing, stating that his witnesses’ evidence was wrongly dismissed as incompetent. It claims the panel unjustly dismissed his allegation that INEC uploaded 18,088 blurred results on its IReV portal.
Obi further contends the lower court ignored his claim that INEC issued his team certified true copies containing over 8,000 blurred results and unknown images instead of actual polling unit results.
The notice of appeal states that the justices failed to establish Obi’s allegations of corrupt practices and over-voting against the declared winner, Tinubu. Obi is now seeking Judgement from the Supreme Court overturning the Appeal Court’s decision.