Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s nominee for president, has formally submitted his petition to the elections tribunal in protest of the results of the election on February 25.
The Chief Spokesperson of the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, Dr Yunusa Tanko disclosed this in a statement.
The statement read, “It is official the Labor Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi has filed his petition to the presidential elections tribunal in Abuja. The process of reclaiming the people’s mandate has started.”
Four weeks have passed since the controversial elections for the National Assembly and the presidential office that resulted in Asiwaju Bola Tinubu becoming the new president.
Although Tanko declined to explain why Obi took so long to file the appeal, a party insider said that the former governor of Anambra State needed enough evidence to support his allegations of widespread fraud, intimidation of voters, and corruption against the election umpire.
“You know Obi doesn’t like talking without getting facts. That’s why he took his time before he officially filed his case at the tribunal,” he said.
It would be recalled that last Tuesday, Tanko said the LP presidential candidate’s attorneys were making headway with their examination of electoral data after being given access to extract some pertinent information from the documents provided.
He said this after the legal team met with Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, who pledged to grant the team access to the materials.
Obi’s action is to challenge both the process and outcome of the poll in court. In the February 28th presidential poll, Obi came third behind the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, while the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, was declared the winner and president-elect.