The Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, have jointly filed an appeal at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, 19 September.
They are contesting the judgment of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) which had dismissed their petitions against President Bola Tinubu’s victory.
The PEPT, in a unanimous judgment delivered on 6 September, 2023, had dismissed the LP’s and Obi’s petitions for what it termed “lack of merit”.
This decision left many supporters of the LP and Obi disheartened, prompting them to seek redress through the legal system.
Obi in a 50 grounds notice of appeal by his lead counsel, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu, SAN, challenged the decision of the presidential election tribunal.
The notice of appeal partly read: “Take notice that the Appellants being dissatisfied with the decisions in PETITION NO: CA/PEPC/03/2023 MR. PETER GREGORY OBI & ANOR. v. INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION & ORS. (consolidated with Election Petition Nos: CA/PEPC/04/2023 and CA/PEPC/05/2023), contained in pages 3-327 of the Judgment of the Court of Appeal sitting as the Presidential Election Petition Court, Holden at Abuja, Coram: H. S. Tsammani, Stephen Jonah Adah, Misitura Omodere Bolaji-Yusuff, Boloukuroma Moses Ugo and Abba Bello Mohammed, JJ.C.A. (“the Court below”) delivered on the 6th day of September 2023, and more particularly stated in paragraph 2 of this Notice of Appeal, do hereby appeal to the Supreme Court on the Grounds set out in Paragraph 3 and will at the hearing of the appeal seek the Reliefs sought in paragraph 4 herein.”