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General News of Friday, 2 June 2023


Big boost for Peter Obi at Tribunal as court takes vital action in suit against Tinubu

L-R:A collage of President Tinubu and Peter Obi L-R:A collage of President Tinubu and Peter Obi

The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) in Abuja on Thursday, June 1, admitted several electoral documents in evidence in the case involving Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) and President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The documents originated from six states in relation to the 2023 presidential election, The Punch reported.

The documents which consisted of forms EC8A (polling units results) were presented by the LP and Obi, Business Day Newspaper also reported.

Obi, a former governor of Anambra state had summited a suit challenging the outcome of the 2023 presidential election which produced Tinubu as Nigeria's president.

The result sheets tendered on Thursday, June 1, before the exhaustion of their slated hours were from local government areas of Rivers, Osun, Ekiti, Benue, Cross River, and Niger.

Although Tinubu's legal team led by Wole Olanikpekun, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, objected to the tendering of documents and opposed its admissibility, the five-man panel of the PEPC headed by Justice Haruna Tsammani admitted the documents from the 15 LGAs of Rivers states.

Justice Tsammani also admitted the electoral forms from 23 LGAs in Benue state as evidence.

Similar decision was taken on the result sheets from local governments in Cross River, Niger, Osun and Ekiti states.

Subsequently, the panel adjourned further proceedings in Obi’s petition against President Tinubu to Friday, June 2, 2023, for continuation of the case.