Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party, made a solemn commitment to seek justice by pursuing a legal recourse through the Supreme Court. This decision came in response to the verdict issued by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
Obi conveyed this determination during a press conference held in Onitsha, Anambra state, on the same day.
He expressed his strong disagreement with the court’s “reasoning and conclusions” as presented in the judgment delivered on Wednesday. In response, he revealed that he had already instructed his legal team to initiate an appeal against this decision.
In his words, Obi stated, “On September 6, 2023, the Presidential Election Petition Court finally issued its long-anticipated rulings on the Petitions challenging the outcome of the presidential election held on February 25, 2023. These judgments were rendered within the stipulated time frame as per the existing statutes. We acknowledge the Court’s contributions to due process and its apparent efforts to strengthen our democracy.”
“As petitioners in this case, we respect the court’s views and rulings, but we fundamentally disagree with the court’s rationale and the conclusions reached in its judgment. As allowed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is our intention, both as a presidential candidate and as the Labour Party, to promptly challenge this judgment through the appellate process.”
Obi emphasized that while the Presidential Election Petition Court has delivered its judgment, the ultimate responsibility now rests with the Supreme Court. He underscored that judgment does not always align with justice and called on Nigerians to maintain their focus, resilience, and peaceful demeanor while upholding the rule of law, understanding that this matter has not yet reached its final resolution.
Obi also expressed his gratitude to all Nigerians who have supported their cause and campaign for a New Nigeria characterized by fairness, equity, justice, the rule of law, peace, prosperity, inclusiveness, sustainable growth, and development. He extended his appreciation to their legal team, the Labour Party, the Obedient Family, and all those who consistently showed up during the court proceedings, reaffirming his commitment to pursuing justice not just for himself but for the many supporters whose electoral mandate was impacted by the decisions of INEC.
He concluded by expressing his belief that a New Nigeria is attainable and thanked everyone for their support, ending with blessings for the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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