Obi, Atiku file 86 grounds of appeal at Supreme Court

..seek nullification of Tinubu’s tribunal victory

Mr. Peter Obi, Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate in the February 25, poll and his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, counterpart, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar have filed a total of 86 grounds of appeal at Supreme Court.

They are in their separate appeals seeking to upturn the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, which affirmed Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, as winner of the poll.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

Obi filed 51 grounds, while Abubakar filed 35 grounds.

Obi, is contending in his appeal, that the PEPC panel erred in law and thereby reached a wrong conclusion when it dismissed his petition.

He argued that the PEPC panel of wrongly evaluated the proof of evidence he adduced before it and occasioned a grave miscarriage of justice when it held that he did not specify polling units where irregularities occurred during the election.

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He also equally accused the Justice Tsammani-led panel of erring in law when it relied on paragraph 4(1) (d) (2) and 54 of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act 2022 to strike out paragraphs of the petition.

For Abubakar, he is arguing in his appeal that the PEPC panel erred in law, when it failed to nullify the presidential election on the grounds of non-compliance with the Electoral Act, 2022, even when evidence that was adduced before it, showed that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, acted in breach of extant laws and regulations guiding the conduct of elections.

Peter Obi

According to him, “The lower court erred in law when it refused to uphold the mandatoriness of electronic transmission of results for confirmation and verification of final results introduced by the Electoral Act 2022 for transparency and integrity of results in accordance with the principles of the Act.”

Obi and Abubakar in their individual appeals are praying the apex court to upturn the tribunal judgment, with Abubakar asking in the alternative for a run-run election between him and Tinubu.

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