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Tribunal: Peter Obi heads to Supreme Court, files 51 grounds of appeal


The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court seeking the nullification of the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal and the declaration of himself as the winner of the 2023 presidential election.

In his notice of appeal, Obi listed 51 grounds on which he is challenging the tribunal’s verdict. He argued that the tribunal erred in law and reached a wrong conclusion when it dismissed his petition challenging the outcome of the election.

Obi specifically faulted the tribunal for holding that he did not specify polling units where irregularities occurred during the election and for dismissing his case on the premise that he did not specify the figures of votes or scores that were allegedly suppressed or inflated in favor of President Bola Tinubu and the ruling All Progressives Congress.

He also accused the tribunal of erring in law when it relied on certain provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 to strike out paragraphs of his petition.

Obi further argued that the tribunal breached his right to fair hearing and wrongly dismissed the evidence of his witnesses as incompetent. 

He also insisted that the tribunal unjustly dismissed his allegation that the Independent National Electoral Commission uploaded 18,088 blurred results on its IReV portal and ignored his allegation that INEC issued him with Certified True Copies of documents containing 8,123 blurred results that contained blank A4 papers, pictures, and images of unknown persons, purporting same to be the CTC of polling units results of the presidential election.

Obi is praying the Supreme Court to set aside the tribunal’s verdict and declare him the winner of the 2023 presidential election.

The Supreme Court is yet to fix a date for the hearing of the appeal.

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