September 19, (THEWILL) – Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 General elections, Peter Obi, has filed an appeal before the Supreme Court, against the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC), which upheld the victory of President Bola Tinubu.
THEWILL reports that a five-member of the PEPC, led by Justice Haruna Tsammani, on Wednesday, September 6th, dismissed the petition of Peter Obi along with two other petitions filed against the victory of President Bola Tinubu in the February 25th Presidential Election.
Obi, in his 51 grounds of appeal filed on Tuesday, argued that the PEPC erred in law to dismiss his petition challenging the declaration of President Tinubu by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as winner of the election.
“The learned justices of the court below erred in law and occasioned a miscarriage of justice when they held and concluded that he failed to establish the allegation of corrupt practices and over-voting”, Obi argued.
Obi also contended that the court wrongly occassioned a grave miscarriage of justice against him, when it held that he did not specify polling units where irregularities occurred during the election.
He accused the Justice Tsammani-led panel of erring in law when it relied on paragraph 4(1) (d) (2) and 54 of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act 2022 to strike out paragraphs of his petition.
While accusing the lower court of breaching his right to fair hearing, Obi, insisted that evidence of his witnesses were wrongly dismissed as incompetent.
He told the apex court that the panel unjustly dismissed his allegation that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, uploaded 18,088 blurred results on its IReV portal.
Obi also alleged that the lower court ignored his allegation that certified true copies of documents that INEC issued to his legal team, comprised of 8,123 blurred results that contained blank A4 papers, pictures and images of unknown persons, purporting same to be the CTC of polling units results of the presidential election.