March 2, 2024

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION TRIBUNAL: Court Admits Eight States Results Tendered By Labour Party, Obi.

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By Simeon OSAJIE   

The presidential election tribunal sitting in Abuja, Federal Capital Terricourt has admitted eight states results tendered by the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, to support its claim against the victory of President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Lead counsel to Obi today, Friday 2nd June, informed the court that he had a schedule of more evidence which they desire to render before the court.

The counsel continued with evidence (election results) from Rivers and Kogi states, presenting certified true copies of INEC election results from six local government areas (LGAs) in Rivers as evidence.

Also admitted were results from Niger, Adamawa, Oyo, Bayelsa and Edo States tendered by the LP.

Additional evidence tendered by the petitioner are from eight LGAs in Bayelsa, 31 LGAs in Oyo, and 18 LGAs in Edo.

The LP also presented further evidence from 20 LGAs in Lagos, where they argued their votes were under-counted. The affected 20 LGAs include Apapa, Lagos Island, Lagos mainland, Ikorodu, Amuwo Odofin, Ibeju lekki, Ikeja, Ifako- Ijaye, Kosofe, and Oshodi-Isolo.

Again, counsels to the first, second and third respondents objected to the admissibility of the evidence.

However, the court admitted the documents as evidence, while awaiting the arguments of the respondents who are opposed to the admissibility of the documents.

Apart from evidence from Rivers and Kogi States, the petitioner also presented additional certified true copies of Election results from Bida LGA of Niger State, and  21 LGAs in Adamawa state.

The National Chairman of Labour Party, Barr. Julius Abure and the party presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, arrived in court around 9:20 am for continuation of the hearing at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.

At Thursday’s proceeding, the Labour Party candidate tendered results from 115 local government areas (LGAs) as part of his evidence to back his claims, but the respondents opposed the evidence tendered by the Labour Party candidate.

The LP and its candidate are challenging the victory of President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 25 election.

Tinubu, 71, was declared the winner with 8,794,726 votes. His closest rival, 76-year-old former Vice President Atiku Abubakar (PDP), got 6,984,520 votes, Obi finished the race with 6,101,533.

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