PEPC verdict: Peter Obi rejects judgement, approaches Supreme Court

Peter Obi, who ran for president in the most recent general elections on behalf of the Labour Party, has disapproved of the decision made by the Presidential Election Petition Court on Wednesday.

Obi underlined that he will pursue all available legal remedies.

At a press conference held on Thursday in Onitsha, Anambra State, Obi voiced his displeasure with the verdict but praised the panel for submitting it on time.

“In my capacity as a presidential candidate and on behalf of the Labour Party, we will immediately challenge this judgement through the appellate process, as permitted by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The PEPC is not the ultimate authority in this matter, the responsibility now rests with the Supreme Court, which I have confidence in. I urge Nigerians to maintain their focus, steadfastness, and commitment to peaceful processes. This matter has not yet reached its logical conclusion,” he said.

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Obi disclosed that the firm instructions to challenge the PEPC’s ruling have already been given to his legal team. He declared his commitment to seek justice, not just for himself but also for the many followers around the country, whose right to vote, according to him, was wrongfully suppressed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Obi emphasized the crucial role that strong national institutions and public trust in them have in a flourishing democracy. He emphasized that if INEC carried out its statutory duties in a transparent and impartial manner, election litigation might be greatly minimized. However, the judiciary becomes a necessary last resort when such bodies fail, as he claimed INEC did in this case.

“I will exhaust the process before I can think otherwise. I respect the process. I’m a process person, and what we are going through is what will unite us. You can not use a wrong premise to make things,” he stated.

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