On Tuesday, the Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, presented more exhibits as evidence to challenge Bola Tinubu’s declaration as the winner of the presidential election.
The Presidential Election Petition Court accepted these exhibits, which mainly consisted of result sheets and reports utilized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the election.
The LP and Obi are disputing the election’s outcome, where INEC declared Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress as the elected president.
During the proceedings, Peter Afoba, SAN, the counsel for the LP and Obi, submitted forms EC40GPU and EC40G1, which summarize the registered voters in polling units and local governments where elections were canceled or did not take place.
The submission included 45 EC40GPU forms from 10 local government areas in Niger State, 23 forms from seven local government areas in Osun State, 17 forms from three local government areas in Edo State, and 52 EC40GPU forms from five local government areas in Sokoto State.
Obi also tendered 15 EC40G forms from eight local government areas in Osun State, 12 EC40G1 forms from 12 local government areas in Edo State, 15 EC40G forms from four local government areas in Sokoto State, and nine EC40G1 forms from two local government areas in Sokoto State.
The petitioners also presented five reports on the election’s conduct in Niger State and eight reports in Edo State to support their allegations of malpractices during the election.
Additionally, INEC Results Viewing reports from 21 local government areas in Adamawa State, 20 in Ogun State, 16 in Ekiti State, 19 in Rivers State, and 25 in Akwa Ibom State were tendered as evidence.
Despite objections raised by the respondents in the petition (INEC, Tinubu, Vice-President Kashim Shetima, and the All Progressives Congress), Justice Haruna Tsammani, the chairman of the PEPC, admitted the exhibits.
Furthermore, the court adjourned further hearings in the petition to June 14.