By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau
Expectedly, the final legal battle for the contentious February 25, 2023 Presidential Election begins with the Labour Party (LP) Presidential Candidate, Peter Gregory Obi and the Labour Party, filing an appeal against the September 6, 2023 ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) on a deadline day.
They filed 51 grounds which they termed an error in law to prove that the All Progressives Congress’s candidate Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu did not win the election.
This is even as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday also lodged 35 grounds of appeal against the PEPC ruling at the Supreme Court.
According to a press statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday by Comrade Obiora Ifoh, National Publicity Secretary of Labour Party, Obi and LP’s team of lawyers led by Dr. Livy Uzokwu SAN beat the deadline for the filing of the Appeal and are approaching the apex court on 51 grounds which they termed an error in law to prove that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate in the election, Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu did not win the election and that it was wrong for both INEC and the PEPC to declare him winner of the election when many incontrovertible points were proving otherwise.
In their reliefs Obi and the Labour Party sought from the Apex Court, four key points; Allow the Appeal, set aside the perverse Judgment of the PEPC, and grant the Reliefs sought in the petition, either in the main or in the alternative.
On the issue of the 25% requirement for Abuja, Obi and the Labour Party listed the particulars of error by the PEPC as follows: That the PEPC failed to appreciate that for the President to assume the office or position of the Governor of Abuja, is also under a mandate to secure 25% of the votes cast in the FCT. READ ALSO:
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They also accused the PEPC of overlooking the fuller purport of section 299 which will be more glaring on a calm examination of section 301 of the constitution.
No date yet has been fixed for the hearing of the case.