Apart from the blatant refusal to comply with the mandatory requirements of the law, the evidence presented in the certified copies of the result of the election given to Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party (LP) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), raises serious concerns. The manifested irregularities in the purported Forms EC8AS from several polling units point towards possible electoral fraud.
The certified copies of Forms EC8AS clearly reveal that these polling units were plagued with mutilations, cancellations, alterations, and outright swapping of votes, all in favor of Bola Tinubu, the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and against Peter Obi. Such acts of non-compliance with electoral procedures significantly undermine the integrity of the electoral process and the democratic principles it is meant to uphold.
It is crucial to note that the evidence on the certified copies of the Forms EC8A given by INEC to Peter Obi further substantiates his claims. The discrepancies observed in these certified copies add weight to the challenge Peter Obi has filed against the declaration of Bola Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 presidential election at the tribunal.
In any democratic society, the integrity of the electoral process is of utmost importance. Any instance of electoral fraud or manipulation must be thoroughly investigated to ensure that the true voice of the people is heard and respected. The tribunal’s role in this matter is pivotal in upholding the rule of law and ensuring that justice prevails.
As the legal proceedings unfold, it is expected that both parties will present their arguments and provide further evidence to substantiate their claims. The impartiality and diligence of the tribunal will be critical in reaching a fair and just verdict. Only by addressing these concerns and holding those responsible accountable can we safeguard the integrity of our democracy and restore the people’s trust in the electoral system.