The Labour Party (LP) and its candidate, Peter Obi, have formally filed a petition at the Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja, challenging the declaration of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu as the winner of the February 25, 2023, presidential election.
The petition, marked CA/PEPC/03/2023, has the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); Tinubu; his running mate, Kashim Shettima; and the APC as the 1st to 4th respondents.
The petitioners are praying for the tribunal to declare that Tinubu was not duly elected by a majority of the lawful votes cast at the election. They want an order mandating INEC retrieve the certificate of return issued to the APC candidate and issue a fresh one to Obi.
The petitioners specifically alleged that at the time of the election, Tinubu was not qualified to contest.
“The Petitioners further plead that the 2nd Respondent was also at the time of the election not qualified to contest for election to the office of President as he was fined the sum of $460,000.00 (Four-Hundred and Sixty Thousand United States Dollars) for an offence involving dishonesty, namely narcotics trafficking imposed by the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, in Case No: 93C 4483 between,” the petitioner stated.
They also argued that the election was invalid because of corrupt practices and non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act of 2022.
Obi prayed to the tribunal to make an order canceling the election and compelling INEC to conduct a fresh election in which Tinubu, Shettima, and the APC would not participate.
Similarly, the Action Alliance and the Allied Peoples Movement have equally lodged separate petitions to challenge the outcome of the presidential election.
While the petition by Action Alliance and its presidential candidate, Solomon Okanigbuan, was marked CA/PEPC/01/2023, that of the Allied Peoples’ Movement was marked CA/PEPC/04/2023.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, is expected to file his own petition before midnight on Tuesday when the deadline will elapse.