Labour, Action Alliance and Allied Peoples Movement Challenges Tinubu’s Victory

The Action Alliance, Allied Peoples Movement and Labour Party has submitted their petitions at Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) in Abuja to challenge the victory of the President elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressive Congress.

In their separate petitions, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, asked the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) to among others, declare him the winner of the election.

In the alternative, Obi wants the court to cancel the election and conduct a fresh one.

These form part of the reliefs being sought in a petition he filed with his party at the court’s secretariat located at the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

It was learnt that Obi and LP filed their petition today, with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Bola Tinubu (President-elect), Kashim Shettima (Vice President-elect) and their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) listed as respondents.

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The petitioners are challenging the election on three grounds, including that Tinubu “at the time of the election was not qualified to contest the election.

They are also contending, among others, that Tinubu “was not duly elected by the majority of the valid votes cast.”

They also argued that Shettima was not qualified to contest the election on the grounds of his alleged double nomination as a candidate for Borno Central and as a Vice Presidential candidate.

The petitioners stated that, at the trial of the petition, they “shall contend at the trial that the purported sponsorship of the second and third respondents (Tinubu and Shettima) by the fourth respondent (APC) was rendered invalid by reason of the third respondent knowingly allowing himself to be nominated as the Vice Presidential candidate whilst he was still a Senatorial candidate for the Borno Central Constituency.

“The petitioners shall further contend that for this reason, the votes purportedly recorded for the second respondent at the contested presidential election were/are wasted votes and ought to be disregarded…”

Obi and LP are praying to the court for four sets of alternative prayers.

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*That it be determined that, at the time of the presidential election held on 25th February, 2023, the second and third respondents (Tinubu and Shettima) were not qualified to contest the election.

*That it be determined that all the votes recorded for the second respondent in the election are wasted votes, owing to the non-qualification of the second and third respondents.

That it be determined that on the basis of the remaining votes (after discountenancing the votes credited to the second respondent) the first petitioner (Obi) scored a majority of the lawful votes cast at the election and had not less than 25 per cent of the votes cast in each of at least 2/3 of the states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and satisfied the constitutional requirements to be declared the winner of the 25th February 2023 presidential election.

That it be determined that the second respondent, 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 25th February 2023.

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It was learnt on Tuesday that two other political parties – the Action Alliance (AA) and Allied Peoples Movement (APM) have also lodged separate petitions before the court.

In its petition, the AA claimed that its candidate was excluded, based on which the election should be voided

On its part, the APM claimed that Tinubu was, at the time of the election, not qualified to contest the election by virtue of the provisions of sections 131(c) and 142 of the Constitution and Section 35 of the Electoral Act 2022.

The party argued that the declaration and return of the third respondent (Tinubu) as the duly elected president is invalid by reason of non-compliance with the provisions of the Constitution and the Electoral Act 2022.

No date has been set for the hearing of any of the petitions

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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