Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, has rejected the presidential elections petition court judgement delivered on the outcome of February 25, 2023. Mr Obi, at a news conference at his Onitsha residence on Thursday, said even though the PEPC adhered to the statutory time frames, he disagreed with the judgement’s rationale and conclusion.
“I express respect for the court’s views and rulings but openly disagree with the judgment’s rationale and final conclusions,” he said.
Mr Obi announced his intention, in his capacity as a presidential candidate and on behalf of the Labour Party, to immediately challenge this judgment through the appellate process.
The former two-term governor stressed that the PEPC is not the ultimate authority and emphasised that the responsibility now rests with the Supreme Court, which he expressed confidence in. Mr Obi urged Nigerians to maintain their focus, steadfastness, and commitment to peaceful processes while emphasising the importance of adhering to the rule of law.
He said the matter has yet to reach its logical conclusion. Mr Obi hinted that his legal team has already received firm instructions to file an appeal against the PEPC’s decision. He expressed unwavering determination in his pursuit of justice for himself and the multitude of supporters across the nation whose electoral mandate he said was unjustly thwarted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Mr Obi underscored the pivotal role of solid national institutions and the public’s confidence in them for a thriving democracy. He pointed out that electoral litigations could be significantly reduced if INEC discharged its statutory functions transparently and fairly.
Mr Obi extended his gratitude to every Nigerian who had supported their cause and the campaign for a New Nigeria. He thanked his legal team, the Labour Party, the Obidient family, and all those who steadfastly attended the court proceedings.
The presidential election petition tribunal had on Wednesday quashed all the prayers of the labour party and Mr. Peter for lacking in merit. The tribunal consequently upheld the election of Mr. Ahmed tinubu as the authentic elected president of Nigeria amidst shock from the multitude of Nigerians both home and abroad
IMAGE\SOURCE – Puo Reports