Tinubu, APC insist Obi is not a member of LP | #NwokeukwuMascot
|Bola Ahmed Tinubu | Peter Obi
President Bola Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, insisted that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party(LP), Peter Obi, not being a member of the party lacks the legal right to challenge the outcome of the February 25 election.
They equally urged the PEPC to bar him from re-contesting if the election is eventually annulled.
In their joint petition, Obi and LP alleged that the presidential poll was rigged against him in about 18,088 polling units (totalling over 2.5 million votes) aside alleged over-voting that took place in parts of the South West. He also alleged that INEC’s failure to upload results to IREV portal in real-time negatively impacted the polls.
But the legal team to Tinubu and Kashim Shettima led by Chief Wole Olanipekun argued that result upload to the IREV was not compulsory and could not have affected collation of the results.
Olanipekun also argued that the Court of Appeal, Lagos division, had ruled against the Labour Party that INEC had the discretion on mode of collation of the election results.
Olanipekun added that Peter Obi has no legal right to challenge the election or be included in a rerun because he is not the second runner up.
He also insisted that Obi was not a member of the Labour Party when he ran for the election and therefore has no legal right to institute the case or be allowed to contest rerun.
On the US Court judgment that ordered Tinubu to forfeit funds suspected to be proceeds of narcotics deals found in his account, Olanipekun noted that the 1999 Constitution states that a conviction has expired after ten years.
On its part, APC lead counsel, Lateef Fagbemi, equally adopted all the oral arguments of Olanipekun.
Fagbemi said Obi’s petition, though ambitious, did not dispute that accreditation, voting and collation of results did not take place.
“If anybody wants to attack any election results, there has to be polling unit by polling unit.