By Wandoo Sombo
Abuja, June 1, 2023
The legal team of the Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, have told the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC), sitting in Abuja, on Thursday, that they would challenge the February 25, 2023, presidential election results in 18 out of the 36 states of the country.
Obi and his party filed a petition challenging the outcome of the presidential election.
At the resumed hearing of the petition, the petitioners’ legal team, led by Prof. Awa Kalu, SAN, proceeded, after some issues concerning the organisation of its schedule of documents, to tender certified true copies of electoral documents obtained from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in six out of the 18 states whose results they are challenging.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the documents are mainly Forms EC8A, which are election results from polling units.
The documents were admitted as exhibits and marked appropriately by the Chairman of the Court, Justice Haruna Tsammani.
NAN also reports that INEC, who issued the documents to the petitioners, objected to all the documents being admitted in evidence.
INEC was represented by Mr. Kemi Pinhero, SAN.
Similarly, counsel to President Bola Tinubu and Vice-President Kashim Shettima who are the second and third respondents and represented by Mr. Adebayo Adelodun, SAN, and Mr. Afolabi Fashanu respectively, also opposed the admissibility of the electoral documents.
They, however, said that they would give their reasons for objecting to the admissibility of the documents in their final addresses.
A list of the tendered and admitted documents include Forms EC8A from 15 local government areas of Rivers, 23 local government areas of Benue, 18 in Cross River, 23 in Niger, 20 in Osun and 16 in Ekiti.
Justice Tsammani, thereafter, adjourned further hearing in the petition to Friday at the instance of the petitioners.
NAN reports that Obi and his party are challenging the election of President Bola Tinubu and Vice-President Kashim Shettima on the grounds of electoral malpractices during the Feb. 25 presidential election.