APC Responds to LP’s Peter Obi’s Petition Against Tinubu’s Victory: What You Need to Know

The Nigerian political landscape has been buzzing with news of the legal battle between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Labour Party (LP) over the outcome of the February 25 presidential election. In response to the petition filed by Peter Obi of the LP, the APC has countered with a strong defense through Thomas Ojo, a member of the party’s legal team.

As you may recall, Tinubu of the APC emerged as the winner of the presidential election, securing 8,794,726 votes, while Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had 6,984,520, and Peter Obi of the LP polled 6,101,533. However, both the PDP and LP rejected the result and approached the tribunal with separate petitions to challenge Tinubu’s victory.

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In his petition, Obi submitted that Tinubu “at the time of the (presidential) election was not qualified to contest the election” due to the payment of “a fine of $460,000 for an offense involving dishonesty, namely narcotics trafficking imposed by the United States District Court” on him in 1993. He also claimed that Tinubu did not score the two-thirds of votes cast in the federal capital territory (FCT) during the presidential election.

In response, the APC argued that the LP presidential candidate was not a valid member of the LP at the time of the election. The party alleged that the former Anambra governor was a member of the PDP until May 24, 2022, and was screened as one of the party’s presidential hopefuls in April 2022. The ruling party also submitted that Obi’s petition was “improperly constituted by the non-joinder of Atiku and PDP who are necessary parties to be affected by the reliefs sought” and that the tribunal does not have the powers to entertain “pre-election complaints embedded” in Obi’s petition.

In summary, the legal battle between the APC and LP is still ongoing, and the outcome remains uncertain. We will keep you updated on any new developments as they unfold.



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