Thursday, May 25, 2023

Peter Obi Exposes Labour Party's Plan to Retrieve Allegedly Stolen Mandate from Tinubu

In the aftermath of the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria, the Labour Party (LP) candidate, Peter

Obi, has revealed the efforts he and his party are undertaking to reclaim what they believe to be their stolen mandate through legal means. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had previously confirmed the victory of Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the February 25th election.


However, Obi and several other political parties and their candidates have filed lawsuits against the electoral commission and the APC, challenging the declared outcome of the polls. Despite Tinubu's impending inauguration on May 29, Obi remains optimistic that he will obtain justice through the court system.


According to a report from Naija News, the pre-trial proceedings at the Presidential Election Tribunal concluded on Tuesday, with the actual trial scheduled to commence on May 30. The petitioners have been given a three-week timeframe, instead of the originally requested seven weeks, to present their case, extending from May 30 to June 23.


Through his spokesperson, Diran Onifade, Obi expressed his confidence in the tribunal and emphasized that his legal team is actively pursuing the case in court, assuring that justice will ultimately be served. To support his stance, Obi referenced various instances in the past where individuals were recalled from office after being sworn in.


Obi acknowledged that while they cannot take any extraordinary measures, they will diligently present compelling evidence to substantiate their claim of winning the February 25th election. He also debunked statements made by the Apapa Lamidi-led faction, which alleged that his chances at the tribunal were jeopardized due to his failure to pay a fee of N1.5 million to obtain necessary documents from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for use as evidence in court.


Onifade clarified that the suspended faction is misinformed about the proceedings and lacks accurate information about the party's activities. He emphasized that the LP does not owe INEC any money and that the court has directed INEC to provide them with the required documents. Obi's legal team has duly fulfilled the necessary procedures, including the payment of required fees, but the suspended faction is not privy to these developments as they are no longer part of the party.


Regarding the party's strategy to secure victory in court, Onifade explained that their approach revolves around presenting their case, providing evidence, calling witnesses, and adhering to the proper legal procedures. They are determined to pursue their cause diligently, doing everything within their power to present their arguments convincingly and prove their rightful claim to the presidency.


In summary, Peter Obi and the Labour Party are actively engaged in legal proceedings to challenge the outcome of the 2023 presidential election. Despite the imminent inauguration of the declared winner, Obi remains hopeful that justice will be served through the court system. The party is diligently preparing its case, gathering evidence, and calling witnesses to present a strong argument in support of their claim to victory in the election.

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