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Peter Obi, Labour Party accuse INEC of favouritism in election petition against Tinubu

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Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party, and his party have accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of displaying bias in favor of President-elect Bola Tinubu. Obi and the LP challenged the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the presidential election in a petition filed against INEC.

They alleged that Tinubu was not duly elected by the majority of the lawful votes cast during the election and that Vice-President-elect Kashim Shettima had a double nomination in contravention of the electoral act. However, INEC has asked the court to dismiss the petition, claiming that the reliefs sought by Obi and his party are not grantable.

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In response, the petitioners faulted INEC for not maintaining neutrality in the matter and described their actions as an “embarrassment.” They called on INEC to maintain a neutral stance in all litigations where participants in elections are challenging the outcome of the elections and not indulge in filing objections to the petition.