Obi Records First Defeat As Tribunal Cites Election Irregularities, Suppression of Votes

Peter Obi

The election petition tribunal in Abuja has stated that the petition filed by Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 elections, was vague in certain aspects.

In the lead judgment read by Justice Abba Bello Mohammed, the tribunal held that the petitioners (Obi and LP) only referred to irregularities in the election but failed to specify the anomalies, the places where they occurred and those affected.

The tribunal also said the petitioners failed to state the number of votes affected and the number of people disenfranchised.

The court said although Obi and LP claimed to have scored the majority of lawful votes cast, they failed to state the number of lawful votes they scored.

“The determination of election is about figures,” the court held.

The court said the petitioners also failed to prove that their votes were suppressed by failing to specify the number of votes suppressed.

The court also struck out several paragraphs of the LP’s petition for being generic and vague, stating that the affected paragraphs failed to name the specific polling units where irregularities occurred.

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