On Tuesday, March 21, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, filed petitions with the presidential elections tribunal to contest Bola Tinubu’s victory in the February 25 presidential election.
Peter Obi of the Labour Party finished third in last month’s election, trailing Atiku Abubakar and All Progressives Congress leader Bola Tinubu.
INEC, Tinubu, Shettima Kashim, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are named as respondents in the petition filed jointly by Obi and his party.
Obi and the Labour Party have requested five prayers in their petition, according to a report by local media reports.
Petitioners argue that Mr. Tinubu should not have been eligible to run for the top office, a spokesperson for Mr. Obi’s presidential campaign told the BBC on Tuesday.
Obi’s lead lawyer, Livy Uzoukwu also argued that the president-elect “was not duly elected by majority of the lawful votes cast at the time of the election.”
25 % in FCT
Because Tinubu was declared winner of the election without securing 25% in the FCT, Obi, and the Labour Party want the tribunal to determine “that the 2nd Respondent (Tinubu) having failed to score one-quarter of the votes cast at the Presidential Election in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, was not entitled to be declared and returned as the winner of the presidential election held on 25 February 2023.”
Obi and his Party also prayed the court to order the cancellation of the February 25 presidential election.
In addition to the cancellation of the election, the LP candidate asked the court to compel INEC to conduct a fresh election.
Fresh election without Tinubu/Shettima
Obi prayed the tribunal to make an order that will ensure Tinubu and his running mate, Shettima do not participate in the fresh election.
Election disputes take months to be resolved in Nigeria, despite the constitution stipulating that they should be concluded, where possible before a candidate is sworn into office.
This year’s election was the tightest presidential race since the end of military rule in 1999, but international observers said it lacked transparency and there were operational failures.