Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, says he is confident that the judiciary will deliver the right judgement with regard to the case before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal where he is challenging the result of the just-concluded February 25 presidential election.
Obi made his position known during a live appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday morning.
The LP candidate said he had no reason to doubt the court, stating that Nigeria has one of the finest judiciaries in the world, adding, however that politicians are the people trying to corrupt the judiciary.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had come under fire for its failure to upload the results of the presidential election from all polling units across the federation to its Results Viewing Portal (IREV) on Election Day.
Ignoring the protestation of the opposition parties, INEC in the early hours of Wednesday, March 1, 2023, declared Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, the President-elect and winner of the election. Tinubu polled about 8.8 million votes ahead of his rivals in the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, who polled 6.9 million votes and Obi himself, who polled 6.1 million votes.
Dissatisfied with the election results and declaration, the Labour Party approached the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to grant it permission to inspect the election materials used by the commission during the February 25 polls, including the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, which was the major technology deployed during the polls to enhance a free and free process.
The chairman of the electoral body, Mahmood Yakubu, while receiving lawyers from the Labour Party on Monday assured them that the commission had nothing to hide and pledged to provide all documents requested to aid the ongoing suit.