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Tribunal Dismisses All of Peter Obi’s Petitions Against Bola Tinubu’s Victory
No provision for electronic transmission of results in Electoral Act – Tribunal.
The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, on Wednesday, said the Electoral Act 2022 does not contain a mandatory provision for the electronic transmission of election results.
The five-member panel, headed by Justice Haruna Tsammani, emphasised that the sole technological requirement mandated for use by the Independent National Electoral Commission during elections is the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System.
APM Cases Against Tinubu’s Victory Struck off
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Anti-bomb experts take over Presidential Election Petition courtroom.
Ahead of today’s judgment on disputes on the 2023 presidential election, anti-bomb experts from the Department of the State Services, DSS, have taken over the courtroom where the verdict is expected to be delivered.
The experts numbering about 12 are combing the courtroom looking for any explosive device and other dangerous weapons.
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How it started
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) reported that over 24 million valid votes were cast in the election. Bola Tinubu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Lagos State Governor, received the highest number of votes, with 8,794,726 votes, nearly two million more than his closest rival, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who garnered 6,984,520 votes. Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) candidate, who mobilized young voters impressively in a short period, secured 6,101,533 votes.
Tinubu and Atiku each won in 12 out of Nigeria’s 36 states, while Peter Obi clinched 11 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Former Kano State Governor and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso, finished fourth, winning his state, Kano, with 1,496,687 votes. All four candidates also achieved significant support in various other states.
INEC officially declared Tinubu as the winner of the election on March 1, 2023, a decision strongly contested by Atiku, Obi, and their numerous supporters.
Go To Court’
In his acceptance speech as the President-Elect, Tinubu responded to his political opponents by urging them to take their grievances to the court. He acknowledged that some candidates might find it difficult to accept the election results and emphasized that seeking legal remedies is their right. He firmly stated that resorting to violence is neither justifiable nor acceptable, and any disputes regarding the electoral outcome should be addressed within the confines of a court of law, not on the streets.
Security Check at PEPT Entrance.
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Nigeria's election tribunal is set to announce its verdict regarding the country's contested 2023 election results.
Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) have all separately challenged the… pic.twitter.com/aNcQc1NM3J
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Nigeria Police Force Assures Preparedness Ahead of Presidential Election Petition Court Judgment
With the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Court scheduled for Wednesday, the Nigeria Police Force has issued a statement asserting its readiness to maintain law and order across the nation.
In a statement released on Tuesday by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Muyiwa Adejobi, the police sent a stern warning to politicians and potential troublemakers, cautioning against spreading misinformation or making statements that could incite violence.
The police emphasized that deployments have been reinforced throughout the country to prevent any breach of law and order.
“The Police wish to reiterate the commitment to ensuring the safety of lives and property before, during, and after the judgment,” Adejobi stated.
Femi Falana Expresses Concern Over Blackmail and Intimidation of Judiciary in Presidential Election Petitions.
Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has raised concerns about the unprecedented levels of blackmail and intimidation targeting the judiciary in relation to the presidential election petitions. He emphasized that such tactics are unnecessary, given that the opportunity for appeal at the Supreme Court still exists.
Falana made these remarks as a guest on Channels Television’s “Politics Today” program on Monday. He highlighted the extraordinary attention drawn to the ongoing presidential election petitions, noting that no election petition in Nigeria’s history, dating back to colonial rule, has garnered this level of attention.
We have been having election petitions since the colonial era, but none has attracted such level of blackmail and intimidation of the judiciary,” Falana expressed.
His concern lies in the perception that some individuals and groups are portraying that everything concludes with the judgment of the Court of Appeal and the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal. Falana emphasized that any party that faces an unfavorable judgment still has the avenue to appeal to the Supreme Court, a fundamental aspect of the legal process.
“So, what is the basis for the cheap blackmail that is going on?” Falana questioned, underscoring the importance of allowing the legal process to run its course and respecting the judiciary’s role in upholding the rule of law.
As Nigeria awaits the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Court, Falana’s remarks serve as a reminder of the need for transparency, adherence to legal procedures, and the preservation of the judiciary’s integrity in the face of high-stakes political matters.