Legal frameworks have commenced at the Presidential Election Tribunal at the Court of Appeal, Abuja, to hear the grievances of Peter Obi, the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP), and Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
They are both contesting the declaration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress Candidate, as the President-Elect, announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), following the controversial election held on February 25th to determine the country’s next President.
This was confirmed by the National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress, Ahmad El-Marzuq. The (INEC) Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, declared Tinubu, the president-elect on March 1.
Tinubu polled 8.8 million votes to defeat Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who scored 6.9 million; Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP, who amassed 6.1 million, and 15 others. However, Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar of the LP and PDP, respectively, allege in their lawsuits that the election was marred by multiple electoral irregularities, including the double nomination of Kashim Shettima, Tinubu’s Vice Presidential Candidate, as well as Tinubu’s disqualification on the grounds criminal forfeiture, perjury, and the use of a forged certificate.
Peter Obi alleged that the election was conducted in substantial non-compliance with the provision of the law.
Reacting, in a bid to uphold justice and fairness, Nigeria’a foremost maritime lawyer, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), has, in an interview with Arise TV, noted that at least three of Peter Obi’s prayers could be decided within an hour.
Also, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Emeritus Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Abuja, earlier in the week, in an interview on Channels TV monitored by Parallel Facts, said winners of elections that are being contested in court should not be sworn in until the conclusion of the matter.
The election is not yet over. There are court cases that have yet to be disposed of. That is why we are in an anomalous situation; we have a declared President-elect whose result is being challenged, and the court handles it.
I am entitled to take the position that I am still waiting for the court to determine who won the election.
I have been saying that it does not make much sense to swear in people when they are still in court.
I can’t understand; I am not a legal man or judge; it is a pity that it is taking too long for the Court to decide on this matter,” he said.
Although there have been instances of judges being manipulated in the country to deliver unjust outcomes, Nigerians, home and abroad, have expressed their faith in the judiciary’s ability to dispense justice impartially and without fear or favour as the proceedings commence.
Reported By Tosin A.