The Labour Party (LP) has petitioned the presidential election tribunal to challenge Bola Tinubu’s election as president-elect.
Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, was proclaimed the winner of the February 25 presidential election.
Tinubu received 8,794,726 votes, while Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) received 6,984,520 votes and Obi received 6,101,533.
Obi’s case was submitted early Tuesday morning at the Abuja Court of Appeal, which also acts as the presidential election petition tribunal.
The petitioners are Obi and the LP, while the respondents are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Tinubu, Shettima Kashim, the vice president-elect, and the APC.
OBI’s PETITION PRAYERS –
In the petition, Obi through his lawyer Livy Ozoukwu submitted that Tinubu “at the time of the (presidential) election was not qualified to contest the election.”
He further argued that the president-elect “was not duly elected by the majority of the lawful votes cast at the time of the election.”
The petitioners are asking the tribunal to determine that all the votes recorded for Tinubu in the election “are wasted votes, owing to the non-qualification of the president-elect and Shettima.”
“That it be determined that the 2nd respondent (Tinubu) having failed to score one-quarter of the votes cast at the presidential election in the federal capital territory, Abuja was not entitled to be declared and returned as the winner of the presidential election held on 25 February 2023,” the petitioner said.
Also, the petitioners have asked the tribunal to make “an order canceling the election and compelling the 1st respondent (INEC) to conduct a fresh election at which the 2nd respondent (Tinubu), 3rd respondent (Shettima) and 4th respondent (APC) shall not participate.”