The presidential aspirant of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, has tendered certified election results copies obtained from 115 Local Government Areas, LGAs, as evidence before the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, sitting in Abuja to support his claim.
The election results which were contained in Forms EC8A, were tendered from the Bar by one of his lawyers, Chief Emeka Opoko, SAN.
The first set of results of the election that was tendered before the court was from 15 out of 22 LGAs of Rivers State. Peter Obi and the Labour Party, tendered results from 23 LGAs in Benue state, which were also admitted evidence. They were marked as Exhibits PC 1 to PC 23, while results from 18 LGAs in Cross River State were added in evidence as Exhibits PD1 – PD 18.
For Niger state, Obi tendered Forms EC8A from 23 LGAs and they were admitted in evidence as Exhibits PE-1 to PE 23. 20 other LGA forms from Osun state were marked Exhibits PF 1 – PF 20. The last set of results the petitioners adduced and tendered in evidence before the court were from 16 LGAs in Ekiti and they were marked as Exhibits PG 1 to PG 16.
Justice Haruna Tsammani’s five-member panel admitted the Rivers state results and marked them as Exhibits PD 1 to PD 15 regardless of reactions from respondents in the matter. After admitting all the evidence, the panel adjourned further proceedings in the matter till Friday.
All the respondents said they would give reasons why they challenged the admissibility of the presidential election results that Peter Obi and the Labour Party tendered as evidence, in their final written address.
Peter Obi, in a joint petition with the Labor Party, is contending that Bola Tinubu was not the valid winner of the 2023 presidential election because he was not duly elected by majority of the lawful votes cast in the election. Therefore Obi asserts that returning Tinubu as the winner of the presidential election was unlawful, and unconstitutional
Scripted by Chinweoke Eagle Anyichie.
Published by Nwachineke Ugwu Okechukwu, Obinwannem News, 2nd June 2023