Tinubu and Shettima Present Evidence Contradicting Peter Obi’s Labour Party Membership
At the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT), President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima presented evidence challenging Peter Obi’s claim of being a registered member of the Labour Party (LP).
During the tribunal proceedings in Abuja, Tinubu and Shettima’s legal representative, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), submitted the Anambra State Labour Party membership register, along with a letter from the party addressed to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on April 25, 2022.
According to Tinubu and Shettima, Obi allegedly resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on May 26, 2022, and joined the Labour Party on May 27, 2022, just days before the LP’s Presidential Primary election on May 30, 2022, where Obi emerged as the candidate.
The legal counsel argued that as per Section 77(3) of the Electoral Act, the LP was required to submit their comprehensive register of members to INEC 30 days before their presidential primary, which would have been on or before April 30, 2022.
They claimed that as of April 30, 2022, Obi was still a member of the PDP, and his name was not included in the LP’s register of members submitted to INEC.