The Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has challenged the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in twenty-one Nigerian states for the 2023 presidential election.
Obi, the former governor of Anambra State, won three of the twenty-one states in which he was challenged.
Obi, on the other hand, is challenging the figure attributed to the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in the states he won.
The LP presidential candidate, who was declared third in the election on Tuesday, filed a case against Tinubu’s victory before the Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja.
Obi is contesting INEC results in Rivers, Lagos, Taraba, Benue, Adamawa, Imo, Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, and Plateau states, among others.
Ekiti, Oyo, Ondo, Taraba, Osun, Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Gombe, Yobe, and Niger round out the list.
The presidential candidate claimed incorrect calculation for Tinubu and overvoting.
According to the results announced by INEC on March 1st, Obi won in 11 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
He is contesting the results of the election in 21 states, including three that INEC declared him to have won. Lagos, Imo, and Plateau are the three states.
The other eight states and the FCT he won are not on the list.
In Lagos, Imo, Plateau, and seven others “and other states of the federation” not specified in the petition, Obi said, “the votes recorded for the 2nd respondent (Mr. Tinubu) did not comply with the legitimate process for computation of the result and disfavoured the petitioners”.
Rivers, Lagos, Taraba, Benue, Adamawa, Imo, Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, and Plateau are among the ten states he has won.
The Labour Party candidate claimed that overvoting tainted the election results in the remaining 11 states where he is contesting the results.
He claimed that overvoting occurred in Taraba and Borno, Tinubu’s running mate and vice-president-elect Kashim Shettima’s home states.
According to Mr. Obi, the 11 states where overvoting occurred are Ekiti, Oyo, Ondo, Taraba, Osun, Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Gombe, Yobe, and Niger.
Obi stated that his forensic analysis of the election materials revealed that votes cast in polling units “exceeded the number of voters accredited on the BVAS in those states.”
The breakdown of the discrepancies in the figures is not included in the body of the public petition. However, the petitioners cited a forensic analysis report that they claimed contained all of the necessary information.