Labour Party Demands Presidential Election Cancellation Over Abuja Vote Controversy
Labour Party Demands Presidential Election Cancellation Over Abuja 25% Vote Controversy
The Labour Party (LP) has called for the cancellation of the presidential election scheduled for 2023 due to the controversy surrounding 25 percent of the votes cast in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Chief Spokesman for the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, Yunusa Tanko, stated this in response to the suit seeking to halt the inauguration of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as President of Nigeria, as reported by this online media outlet.
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Tanko stated that the party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, are hopeful that the court will allow Senate President Ahmad Lawan to be sworn in until a new president is elected.
He stated, “In order not to sound presumptuous, I am aware that there will be an inauguration on May 29, and if we win our case at the election petition tribunal, only the president of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will participate. This is consistent with section 146 (2).
“Our request is that the election be declared null and void. This should be the position since the APC candidate in Abuja did not receive 25% of the vote.
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If thoroughly defined, it grants authority to Section 146 of the Constitution, which states, “In the absence of a president, Senate President Ahmad Lawan will assume office.”
“And if Lawan is not reelected to the 10th Assembly, he must hand over on June 10 to the newly elected Senate president.” Then, he will request nine months to conduct a new election for the country’s presidency. That should be the case to avoid any lacuna.”
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