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Tribunal judgment: Peter Obi files 51 grounds of appeal at Supreme Court

Candidate of the Labour Party, Presidential Election Petition Court, Peter Obi, has asked the Supreme Court to set aside the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC.

Recall that the PEPC had on September 6 dismissed the petition of Obi challenging the election of president Bola Tinubu.

After the judgment of the PEPC, Obi rejected the verdict and said he would approach the apex court to appeal.

On Tuesday, he filed 51 grounds of appeal before the Supreme Court to void the election of Tinubu.

Obi, in his appeal, maintained that the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, erred in law and thereby reached a wrong conclusion when it dismissed the petition he lodged to challenge the outcome of the presidential poll that was held on February 25
Among other things, he averred that Justice Haruna Tsammani-led five-member panel of the Court of Appeal, judgment was a travesty of justice.

Obi submitted that it was a grave miscarriage of justice against him when the justices held that he did not specify polling units where irregularities occurred during the election.

He further faulted the PEPC for dismissing his case on the premise that he did not specify the figures of votes or scores that were allegedly suppressed of inflated in favour of President Tinubu and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Obi equally accused the Justice Tsammani-led panel of erring in law when it relied on paragraph 4(1) (d) (2) and 54 of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act 2022 to strike out paragraphs of his petition.

While accusing the lower court of breaching his right to fair hearing, Obi, insisted that evidence of his witnesses were wrongly dismissed as incompetent.

He told the apex court that the panel unjustly dismissed his allegation that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, uploaded 18, 088 blurred results on its IReV portal.

More so, he alleged that the lower court ignored his allegation that certified true copies of documents that INEC issued to his legal team, comprised of 8, 123 blurred results that contained blank A4 papers, pictures and images of unknown persons, purporting same to be the CTC of polling units results of the presidential election.

“The learned justices of the court below erred in law and occasioned a miscarriage of justice when they held and concluded that he failed to establish the allegation of corrupt practices and over-voting,” Obi added

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