The Presidential Election Petition Court Judgment Does’t Matter – Kenneth Okonkwo

Kenneth Okonkwo

Former member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Labour Party Presidential spokesperson, Kenneth Okonkwo had an interview on Arise News where he described the Independent National Electoral Commission as a failed organization that can not uphold a law. He maintained an esteemed view on the tribunal’s judgement considering that INEC doesn’t comply with the Electoral Amended Act Law.

He said the declaration of the Presidential Election Petition Court does not matter if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) does not upload the full and unmanipulated results of the February 25 poll.

Kenneth Okonkwo continues to say that INEC has to provide the election results from all the polling units, compiling results from polling unit to polling unit and also should maintain the position of the Electoral Act. Quoting Kenneth Okonkwo he said, “Whether it is a pre-election or post-election issue, the law says INEC should update, compile election result on polling unit by polling unit basis throughout Nigeria, and whoever wishes to receive a copy of it should be given one”.

Labour Party Spokesperson Kenneth argued that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) doesn’t comply with electoral law, quoting that INEC failed to upload election results given the stipulated time in the Electoral Amended Act. Kenneth Okonkwo said that INEC is announcing unclassified figures and the courts cannot overrule it.

He added, “They just brought up figures and announced to the whole world shamefully after months of such declaration. 18,088 uploaded results are still blurred, Blank and nothing is given by INEC. There is no court judgement that can overrule that because we were given such things from the INEC IReV portal.”

The Thespian spoke about the corrupt Judiciary system in Nigeria that needs the statutory mandatorily to interpret and uphold it without altered or unbiased.

Recently, Wole Soyinka a renowned Nigerian playwright, poet, and essayist said that the Labour Party knows that they came a distant third in the February General election and has been trying to manipulate the nation with shenanigans processes.

Soyinka’s works often explore themes of political and social issues, and he has been a prominent advocate for human rights and democracy in Nigeria.

Kenneth Okonkwo remarks on who won the election, he said, “Whoever is telling you that anybody won that election, it’s a conjecture, and this is no matter what the court says. Because statutory laws in our hierarchy of laws in Nigeria are superior to decided cases, and time has come when we should be holding the judiciary accountable to statutory laws. They do not have the right to make laws. The only right they have is to interpret it,”. “So, what we are saying, it’s not about who won or lost, we are saying that election should be free, fair, and credible. Credible means believable. Justice should not only be done, it should be seen as done. Please, if you have seen the result polling unit by polling unit, either based on the original unmutilated form EC8a or electronically stored and uploaded result of INEC polling unit by polling unit in 176,000 units in Nigeria, please, show me, and I will be willing to tow your line. You can’t come and bamboozle Nigerians.

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“As long as those results are hidden in shadows, not in substance, whatever is the result, whatever is the declaration by the court, you cannot convince anybody anywhere in the world, because it is not the judiciary that puts people in power in a democracy, it is the people. The people have voted, show them the results of their vote, so that they will, with certainty, tell you, yes, we believe.”

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