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Summary of the PEPT JUDGEMENT

September 6, 2023

– #PEPTJudgement: 12.12 p.m: The petitioners made generic allegations of irregularities and said they would rely on spreadsheets, inspection reports and forensic analysis filed with the petition during trial.

But he says the documents promised by the petitioners were not attached to the petition and served on the respondents.

– #PEPTJudgement: 12.30 p.m: The court faults respondents’ contention challenging Mr Obi’s membership of the Labour Party.
Mr Mohammed says only a political party can determine who its members are, and that no other person or entity can probe into it.

– The court says the issue of blurred 18,000 results sheets alleged by the petitioners is misconceived as they were unable to state the specific polling units they were meant for.

– Mr Tsammani says the petitioners’ allleged over-voting in some states but failed to specify the particular polling units where the alleged malpractices took place.
The petitioners failed to state the specific figures the scored at the units.

 

– On the tendering of Tinubu’s academic record from the Chicago State University and the US embassy letter to the Nigerian police clearing Mr Tinubu of any criminal record in the US, the court dismisses Mr Obi’s objections to the admissibility of the documents.

– Mr Tsammani upholds respondents’ objection to the admissibility of evidence tendered by Mr Obi’s web engineer, Mpeh Ogar, regarding a technical glitch observed on INEC Results Viewing portal on the election day.
The judge held that Ms Ogar was an interested party in the petition having vied for elective office at the polls on the platform of the Labour.

 

 

– The presidential election court also rejected the reports of forensic analyses tendered by the three witnesses of the Labour Party for either being made during the pendency of the case or made by an interested party who would benefit from the outcome of the petitions.

– Tribunal Dismissed Petition of Peter Obi/LP on 25% of FCT required to wins Presidential election, the court rule that FCT Citizens Doesn’t enjoy special privileges ahead of other States. FCT Citizens Doesn’t enjoy special privileges ahead of other States.
#PEPTJudgement

– The court refused to admit in evidence the 18,088 blurred polling unit results tendered by Peter Obi and LP Party. #PEPTJudgement

– The presidential election court also rejected the reports of forensic analyses tendered by the three witnesses of the Labour Party for either being made during the pendency of the case or made by an interested party who would benefit from the outcome of the petitions.

 

 

– The court also rejects the European Union report on the 25 February presidential election on the grounds that they were not tendered by an official of the body which is the author and has the custody of the document.

– He said there was nothing in the Nigerian constitution that stops a presidential candidate from replacing his running mate within 90 days, and there is also nothing that invalidates the nomination of the substitute within the stipulated period.

– #PEPTJudgement: Mr Tsammani says Mr Obi called 13 witnesses who testified as PW1 to PW13.
Of the 13 witnesses, only three are their witnesses whose statements on oath were filed along with the petition.

The remaining 10 witnesses were subpoenaed and their witness statements on oath were only filed after hearing started.

 

Stay tuned………

 

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