Nigerian presidential candidate for the Labour Party and former governor of Anambra state, Mr Gergory Peter has rejected the Tribunal’s judgement.
Independent National Election Commission (INEC) declared Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 presidential election held on 25 February.
The Labour Party and the PDP opposed the declaration and headed to the presidential election petition tribunal court for the disqualification of Bola Ahmed Tinubu for 25% in FCT Abuja, Drug Indictment in the United States, Double nomination of Kashim Shettima, vice president, overvoting, and electoral malpractices.
After a series of court proceedings, the Tribunal struck out all Labour Party petitions and PDP declaring Tinubu the authentic president of Nigeria.
Mr Gregory Peter Obi (Okwute) released a video press expressing dissatisfaction with the tribunal judgment and instructed his legal practitioners to proceed to the Supreme Court.
The video press statement reads,
Yesterday, 6 September 2023, the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) finally delivered its long-awaited judgments on the Petitions challenging the outcome of the presidential election held on 25 February 2023.
This judgment was delivered within the statutory time frame under the extant statutes. We acknowledge the Court’s contributions to due process and the seeming attempt to strengthen our democracy.
As petitioners in this case, we respect the views and rulings of the Court, but we disagree with the Court’s reasoning and conclusions in the judgment it delivered.
It is my intention as a presidential candidate and the intention of the Labour Party to challenge this judgment by way of appeal immediately, as allowed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The PEPC has rendered its judgment, but that esteemed body is not the final arbiter. The responsibility now falls on the Supreme Court. I do know that judgment is not coterminous with justice.
I implore Nigerians to remain focused, steadfast, and peaceful; and to abide by the rule of law and understand that this matter has not reached its logical conclusion.
Our legal team has already received our firm instruction to file an appeal against the decision. I shall not relent in the quest for justice, not necessarily for myself but indeed for our teeming supporters all over the country whose mandate to us at the polls was regrettably truncated by INEC.
The strength and value of our democracy reside in solid national institutions and our confidence in them. Electoral litigations will be almost unnecessary and nonexistent if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) discharges its statutory functions creditably, transparently and with discernible fairness.
When that body fails, as it did recently, thus subverting the will of Nigerian voters, the recourse to the judiciary becomes imperative, as is now the case.
I thank every Nigerian who has supported our cause and campaign for a New Nigeria characterized by fairness, equity, justice, the rule of law, peace, prosperity, inclusiveness, sustainable growth, and development.
A New Nigeria is possible and achievable. I especially thank our legal team, the Labour Party and Obedient Family and all those who showed up daily during the court trials. God bless you all, and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.