In his bid to establish his allegations of malpractices in the conduct of the February 25 presidential election, Peter Gregory Obi, the Labour Party (LP) candidate in the last election, presented additional 188 exhibits against the declaration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the election on Tuesday.
In order to decide whether Tinubu’s return to office is legal or not, a number of exhibits, mainly results sheets and reports used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the election, were tendered to the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) and admitted as exhibits.
Peter Afoba, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, submitted forms EC40GPU and EC40G1 along with reports prepared by the electoral body.
A breakdown showed that 45 EC40GPU forms were tendered in 10 Local Government Areas of Niger State, 23 in seven Local Government Areas of Osun, 17 in three Local Government Areas of Edo State and 52 EC40GPU forms in five Local Government Areas of Sokoto were tendered.
Obi also tendered 15 forms EC40G in 8 Local Government Areas of Osun State, 12 forms EC40G1 in 12 Local Government Areas of Edo, 15 forms EC40G in four Local Government Areas of Sokoto and 9 EC40G1 forms in two Local Government Areas of Sokoto.
The Labour Party’s presidential candidate also submitted 5 reports on the conduct of the election in Niger State and 8 in Edo to back his allegations of malpractices during the conduct of the election.
Though the admission of the exhibits was contested by INEC, Tinubu, Kashim Shetima and the All-Progressives Congress (APC), the Presiding Justice of the Court, Haruna Simon Tsammani admitted them as exhibits.
In the proceedings, Obi also tendered INEC Results Viewing (IRev) reports in 21 Local Government Areas of Adamawa State, 20 in Ogun State, 16 in Ekiti State, 19 in Rivers State and 25 in Akwa Ibom State.
Meanwhile, the Court has shifted the further hearing in the petition to June 14, 2023.