The Labour Party Has Lodged an Appeal with The Supreme Court

On Tuesday, the Labour Party (LP) lodged an appeal at the Supreme Court contesting the decision of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT), which rejected its application challenging President Bola Tinubu's declaration as winner of the February 25 Presidential election

The tribunal had stated that petitioners made generic allegations of irregularities against the respondent without specifying polling units. The appeal represents a final legal battle for this contentious election according to Obiora Ifoh, LP's National Publicity Secretary.

Obi and LP’s team of lawyers led by Livy Uzokwu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), filed their Appeal on 51 grounds that they consider erroneous in law and aim to prove that All Progressives Congress' presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu did not win the election. 

They argue it was incorrect for both INEC and PEPC to declare him winner when there were many incontrovertible points proving otherwise. In their relief sought from Apex Court, Obi and LP requested four key points: Allowance of Appeal; Setting Aside Perverse Judgment Of PEPC And Grant Reliefs Sought In The Petition Either In Main Or Alternative.

Regarding Abuja's 25% requirement issue, Obi and LP listed particular errors committed by PEPC such as failing to appreciate that for one to assume office or position of Governor in Abuja is also under mandate to secure 25% cast votes in FCT.

 They accused them further overlooking fuller purport section 299 which will be more glaring on calm examination section 301 constitutionally speaking but no hearing date has been fixed yet for this case.

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