The Labour Party (LP) and its candidate, Mr Peter Obi, have formally filed a petition at the Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja, challenging the victory of Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the February 25, 2023, presidential poll.
The petition marked: CA/PEPC/03/2023, has the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); Tinubu; his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, and the APC as the 1st to 4th respondents.
By a majority of the valid votes cast in the election, the petitioners are asking the tribunal to rule that Tinubu was not legitimately elected. They are requesting a court order directing INEC to take back the certificate of return given to the APC candidate and issue a new one to Obi.
The petitioners made the particular allegation that Tinubu was ineligible to run at the time of the election.
Additionally, they claimed that the Electoral Act of 2022 was violated and that corrupt practices led to the election’s invalidity.
Obi prayed the tribunal to make an order cancelling the election and compelling INEC to conduct a fresh election in which Tinubu, Shettima, and the APC will not participate.
Similarly, the Action Alliance and the Allied Peoples Movement have equally lodged separate petitions to challenge the outcome of the presidential election.
While the petition by Action Alliance and its presidential candidate, Solomon Okanigbuan, was marked: CA/PEPC/01/2023, that of the Allied Peoples’ Movement, was marked: CA/PEPC/04/2023.