5 Things Peter Obi Is Seeking In Court

Labor presidential candidate Peter Obie is seeking five reliefs after the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal opened proceedings today.

Recall that he challenged the results of the 2023 presidential election that produced the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, bola tinubu.

Tinubu was the winner with 8,794,726 votes, Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) came second with 6,984,520 votes and Labor’s Peter Obi came third with 6,101,533 votes.

Obi named INEC, Tinubu, Shettima Kashim and APC as defendants in a petition jointly filed by him and his party.

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Obi and his party are seeking to cancel the February 25 presidential election.

It was alleged that “the presidential election held on February 25, 2023 was invalidated on the grounds that the election was not conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Elections Act 2022, as amended, and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.”

FCT 25%

The second prayer is the issue of 25% for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). This continued to stir controversy as INEC said Tinubu did not need 25 percent support in the Federal Capital Territory to be declared the winner, as he had majorities in several states with support above 25 percent.

However, Obi and Labor want the court to declare that “Second Respondent (Tinubu) failed to obtain a quarter of the votes in the Federal Capital Territory’s presidential election, Abuja is not entitled to be declared and reverted to be held on 25 February 2023 winner of the presidential election.”

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new election

In addition to canceling the election, Labor and its presidential candidates are asking the court to force INEC to hold a new election.


The petitioners argue that Tinubu should not be eligible to run for the top job because he is “unqualified”.

Obie’s lead attorney, Livy Uzoukwu, said in the filing that the president-elect was “duly elected without a majority of the lawful votes cast at the time of the election.”

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In addition, Obi claimed that the APC candidate was “connected to drug trafficking in US courts,” which led to him eventually forfeiting $460,000 from the US government, adding that the latter was “ineligible to run for president of Nigeria.”

Disqualify Tinubu, Shettima from new polls

The Labor standard-bearer said both Tinubu and his deputy should be disqualified from taking part in the new polls because they were allegedly ineligible.

Obi and his party said in the petition that “the nomination of Kashim Shetima as vice presidential candidate is flawed because he did not withdraw from his party’s candidacy before accepting Mr Tinnub’s vice presidential candidacy.” Nomination of Candidates for Parliament”

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