The Labour Party’s (LP) Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi, has rejected the Presidential Election Petitions Court’s decision on the February 25, 2023 election, calling it unjust.
Obi, speaking in Onitsha on Thursday, acknowledged the Tribunal’s adherence to the statutory time frame and expressed respect for the court’s views and findings, but he disagreed with the judgment’s rationale and final conclusions.
He declared his determination, as a presidential candidate and on behalf of the Labour Party, to immediately contest the judgement through the appellate process, as provided by the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Constitution.
Highlighting the fact that the Tribunal is not the ultimate authority in this matter, Obi emphasised that the responsibility now rests with the Supreme Court, which he expressed confidence in.
He urged Nigerians to maintain their focus, steadfastness, and commitment to peaceful processes while emphasising the importance of adhering to the rule of law.
He made it clear that the matter has not yet reached its logical conclusion.
Obi revealed that his legal team has already received firm instructions to file an appeal against the Tribunal’s decision.
He expressed unwavering determination in his pursuit of justice, not only for himself but also for the multitude of supporters across the nation whose electoral mandate he said was unjustly thwarted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Obi underscored the pivotal role of solid national institutions and the public’s confidence in them for a thriving democracy.
He pointed out that electoral litigations could be significantly reduced if INEC discharged its statutory functions transparently and fairly. However, when such bodies falter, as he said, INEC did in this case, the judiciary becomes an imperative recourse.
In closing, Obi extended his gratitude to every Nigerian who supported his campaign for a New Nigeria built on principles of fairness, equity, justice, the rule of law, peace, prosperity, inclusiveness, sustainable growth, and development.
He specifically thanked his legal team, the Labour Party, the “Obidient Family”, and all those who steadfastly attended the court proceedings.