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Peter Obi appeals against election court’s judgement, submits 51 grounds to Supreme Court

Peter Obi the presidential candidate of the Labour Party has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court seeking to overturn the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) affirming President Bola Tinubu’s election earlier this month. PREMIUM TIMES reports.

It was gathered that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has similarly filed his appeal to challenge the PEPC’s verdict delivered on 6 September.

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The appellants had 14 days from the date of judgement to file their appeal to challenge the verdict at the Supreme Court. The 14 days period ends on Wednesday.InformationGuideNigeria

Mr Obi and Atiku had filed separate petitions at the PEPC accusing Nigeria’s electoral umpire, INEC, and Mr Tinubu of electoral malpractices. They contested Mr Tinubu’s qualification to stand for election and begged the PEPC to set aside the election.

But the court, in its decision, held that they failed to substantiate their claims of electoral fraud against INEC and the president.JAMB Result

Another political party, the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), filed the third petition alleging improper nomination of Mr Tinubu’s running mate and incumbent Vice President Kashim Shettima. The case was similarly dismissed by the court, but the party has not indicated any intention to pursue an appeal against the verdict.

In his notice of appeal dated 19 September, Mr Obi’s lead counsel, Livy Uzoukwu, predicated his client’s appeal to the Supreme Court on 51 grounds.

In one of the grounds, Mr Uzoukwu told the Supreme Court that the five-member panel of the Presidential Election Petition Court led by Haruna Tsammani “erred in law and thereby reached a wrong conclusion” when it dismissed Mr Obi’s suit.

Mr Uzoukwu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), faulted the presidential election court’s evaluation of Mr Obi’s evidence. He said the court erroneously ruled that Mr Obis case failed to establish the polling stations where electoral malpractices took place during the February presidential election.NYSC Portal

The lawyer also said the lower court’s conclusions caused “grave miscarriage of justice” when it held that Mr Obi did not identify the specific number of votes he polled at polling units where he accused INEC and Mr Tinubu of suppression of votes.JAMB Portal

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Some of Mr Obi’s key witnesses whom the five-member panel of the court dismissed their testimonies were a web engineer, Mpeh Ogar; and a statistician, Eric Uwadiagwu.

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In her report bordering on a glitch on INEC Results Viewing portal being hosted by the Amazon Web Services Incorporated, Ms Ogar said there was no glitch in the IReV system on the day of the presidential election, contrary to INEC’s excuse for not uploading polling unit results to the portal real-time on the day of the election.

As for Mr Uwadiagwu, a professor of Mathematics, who conducted a data analysis of the results from Rivers and Benue states, the court expunged those testimonies and his report from its records..

Haruna Tsammani, who chaired the five-member panel of the PEPC, held that Mr Obi failed to accompany his petition with the statements on oath of all the witnesses at the point of filing thereby rendering their reports inadmissible.

One of the reports said results from over 18,088 polling stations contained in four boxes were blurred.

Mr Obi contended in his filing that his right to fair hearing was violated in the matter when the PEPC dismissed the evidence of 10 out of his 13 witnesses.

“The learned justices of the court below erred in law and occasioned a miscarriage of justice when they held and concluded that he (Mr Obi) failed to establish the allegation of corrupt practices and over-voting,” the appellant’s lawyer argued.

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Essien, Goodnews is a gruaduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo, Uyo; Currently working at Infoguide Media as a news writer.

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