Tribunal: Court Admits Final Results in LP Over Obi’s Petition.

During a tribunal hearing, the Labor Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, submitted the final results of the presidential election for all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory as evidence in their petition against the election outcome.

The LP and Obi are questioning the conduct of the election, which declared Bola Tinubu of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner, with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as one of the defendants.The court admitted the national results document, known as Form EC8D(a), as evidence in Obi’s petition.

Additionally, the LP presented Form EC8Cs from 13 states as evidence against Tinubu’s return, but the defendants objected to the admissibility of these forms.

Meanwhile, in a separate petition filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging Tinubu’s election victory, the plaintiffs called their first subpoenaed witness—an ad hoc official of INEC.

However, the defendants’ lawyers representing INEC, Tinubu, and APC refused to accept the witness’s testimony.The court adjourned further hearings on Obi’s petition to June 8, 2023, and the objections raised by the defendants regarding the admissibility of the EC8Cs forms will be addressed in their final written statements. The PDP’s case against Tinubu’s victory continues with the testimonies of witnesses, despite the objections from the defendants.

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