The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, which is currently in session at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, has scheduled May 10, 2023, as the date to resume hearing the petition filed by Peter Obi, the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, against the presidential election. Additionally, the tribunal has also postponed the pre-hearing of the Action Peoples Party’s (APP) petition challenging the presidential election until May 10, 2023.
Both the petition filed by Peter Obi and the Labour Party, as well as the petition filed by the Action Peoples Party (APP), have named Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as respondents. The adjournment of the APP’s petition is intended to allow the party to raise issues that require determination by the tribunal.
The Action Peoples Party (APP) and its presidential candidate, Simon Nnadi, have requested that the tribunal disqualify the president-elect, citing allegations that he is ineligible to contest in the election.
Peter Obi and the Labour Party (LP) are requesting that the tribunal determine that the 2nd respondent, Bola Tinubu, was not qualified to be declared and returned as the winner of the presidential election held on February 25th, 2023, as he failed to score one-quarter of the votes cast in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. They also allege that the nomination of Kashim Shettima as Tinubu’s vice-presidential candidate was defective, as he did not withdraw from his nomination as a senatorial candidate before accepting the position.
In addition, they claim that the president-elect was not duly elected by the majority of lawful votes cast during the election, citing allegations of his involvement in drug trafficking by a US court. They are seeking the conduct of fresh elections as a remedy.