“Declare me winner or cancel election” – things Peter Obi asks tribunal to do
Obi, who came third in the election, filed his petition to challenge the outcome of the poll at the Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja on Monday evening, March 20.
Below are the five prayers the LP flagbearer is seeking in court:
1. Disqualify Tinubu and Shettima
Obi urged the court to declare Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima, unqualified to contest the 25 presidential election.
He also urged the court to declare that Tinubu did not score the majority of the lawful votes cast in the election.
Lastly, Obi asked the court to declare that he (Obi) satisfied the constitutional requirements to be declared the winner of the 25 February 2023 presidential election after the deduction of the alleged illegal votes from Tinubu’s scores.
2. Invalidate Tinubu’s victory due to lack of 25% votes in Abuja
In the second prayer, the former governor of Anambra state urged the court to invalidate Tinubu’s victory. He based his request on Tinubu’s failure to win one-quarter of the lawful votes cast in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
3. Cancel the election and order INEC to conduct fresh one
In his third prayer, which he put forward as an alternative prayer, Obi urged the court to cancel the election. He also asked the court to order INEC to conduct a fresh one after the cancellation.
4. Declare me president-elect
In the fourth prayer which he also put forward as an alternative prayer, Obi claimed that he won the election and asked the court to declare him the winner.
The LP presidential candidate claimed that he secured the majority of the lawful votes cast during the 25 February election and asked the court to declare him the president-elect and order the INEC to issue him a certificate of return. He urged the court to void the certificate of return “wrongly” issued to Tinubu.
5. Nullify the election
In his fifth prayer, another alternative prayer, Obi asked the court to nullify the election and order a fresh poll to be conducted.
The ground for this request is that the election was conducted without compliance with the electoral law.
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