• Wednesday, June 19, 2024
businessday logo


Tribunal admits electoral documents from six states in Obi’s petition against Tinubu

PEPT October Declaration: End of Discussion or End of the Beginning?.., Is this Christmas?

The Presidential Election Petition Court has admitted in evidence electoral documents in the presidential elections from six states tendered by the Labour Party, and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

The documents tendered largely consists of results sheets from polling units across 115 Local Government Areas of Rivers, Benue, Cross River, Niger, Osun, and Ekiti states. They were admitted as exhibits to be used to establish their alleged rigging and other malpractices during the election.

The court admitted the Certified True Copies of the documents at the resumed hearing on Thursday, despite opposition from counsels to  President Bola Tinubu and the Independent National Electoral Commission, and the all Progressives Congress. They, however resolved to advance reasons behind their objections in their final written addresses.

A breakdown shows that Obi’s lawyer Emeka Okpoko tendered documents contained on Forms EC8A from 15 Local Government Areas of Rivers State, results from 23 LGAs in Benue state,  marked as Exhibits PC 1 to PC 23, and results from 18 LGAs in Cross River marked exhibits PD1 – PD 18.

In Niger state, Okpoko tendered result sheets from 23 LGAs and results from 20 LGAs in Osun state which were marked as Exhibits PF 1 – PF 20. Lastly,  results were tendered from 16 LGAs in Ekiti and  marked as Exhibits PG 1 to PG 16.

Counsel to Obi and the LP also informed that it would be challenging presidential election results in 18 stst3s , leaving out states were it clearly won election.

Justice Tsammani adjourned hearing on Obis petition to Friday,  June 2.