The Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, have filed an appeal at the Supreme Court against the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Court which upheld the victory of President Bola Tinubu in the 2023 election.
The LP and Obi challenged the judgement of the tribunal via a 73-page notice of appeal filed on Tuesday, September 19, 2023.
The Labour Party and its presidential candidate’s lawyers led by Livy Uzokwu, SAN, beat the deadline for the filing of the appeal and are approaching the apex court on 51 grounds which they termed an error in law to “prove that the All Progressives Congress, APC Presidential Candidate in the election, Bola Ahmed Tinubu did not win the election and that it was wrong for both INEC and the PEPC to declare him winner of the election when many incontrovertible points were proving otherwise.”
In their reliefs, Obi and the Labour Party sought from the apex court, four key points which are “allow the appeal, set aside the perverse judgement of the PEPC, and grant the reliefs sought in the petition, either in the main or in the alternative.”
On the issue of the 25 per cent requirement for Abuja, Obi and the Labour Party listed the particulars of error by the tribunal to include “that the PEPC failed to appreciate that for the President to assume the office or position of the Governor of Abuja, is also under a mandate to secure 25 per cent of the votes cast in the FCT.”
They also accused the PEPC of overlooking the fuller purport of section 299 which they said will be more glaring on a calm examination of section 301 of the constitution.
No date yet has however been fixed for the hearing of the case.