President Tinubu Wins at Tribunal as PEPC Delivers Judgement

Tinubu, Peter, Atiku


Nigerian President, Bola Tinubu has won the Presidential Election tribunal judgment validating INEC’s manner of result transmission and dismisses INEC failure to implement IReV on election day.

The judgment held by five-man panel of the Presidential Election petition Court PEPC led by Justice Haruna Tsammani delivered on Wednesday 6 September, 2023.


The Presidential Election Petitions Court has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) cannot be forced to e-transmit election results. In a judgement delivered on Wednesday, September 6, the five-man panel of the Presidential Election petition Court PEPC led by Justice Haruna Tsammani held that INEC was at liberty to decide the mode of transmission of election results during the presidential election on February 25, 2023.

According to the tribunal, sections 52 and 65 of the Electoral Act 2022, gives INEC the liberty to prescribe the manner in which election results were transmitted during the poll.

The Tribunal consequently dismissed the petition of the Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, which argued that the victory of President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) be annulled on the basis of the “failure” of the commission’s Results Viewing Portal (IReV) to upload election results electronically in real time.


Tribunal strikes out evidence by 10 out of Obi/LP’s 13 witnesses, dismisses LP’s 25% FCT votes claim

The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) has struck out the evidence of 10 out of the 13 witnesses called by Peter Obi and the Labour Party (LP) in support of their petition against the election of President Bola Tinubu.

In a judgment delivered today September 6, the court held that the witnesses, who were subpoenaed at the instance of the petitioners, had their written statements, which contained their evidence, were not filed along or frontloaded with the petition within the 21 days allowed by the Electoral Act 2022.

The court, in the lead judgment currently being read by Justice Haruna Tsammani, also rejected the documents, including the report of analysis, tendered by the petitioners through the affected 10 witnesses.

The court also held that some of the witnesses are not only persons with interest in the outcome of the case, the reports they tendered were made during the pendency of the case.

The court also dismissed the Labour Party’s 25% FCT votes claim stating that the FCT residents have no special privileges as the petitioners claimed. The ruling was made in response to a petition filed by the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, who challenged the election of President Bola Tinubu. Obi and LP had argued that Tinubu should be disqualified from being president because he did not win 25% of the votes cast in the FCT.



Peter Obi, LP failed to prove Tinubu was convicted in the US- Tribunal rules

The Presidential Election Petitions Court says the Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, failed to prove that President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was convicted for money laundering in the United States.

The five-man panel led by Justice Haruna Tsammani ruled that no record of criminal arrest and conviction were established against Tinubu by the petitioners, Obi and the LP.


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