Peter Obi, a candidate for the Labour Party, has appealed to the Supreme Court the decision of the presidential election petition tribunal upholding President Bola Tinubu’s victory in the February 25 election.
A few hours after his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, Atiku Abubakar, appealed the ruling at the supreme court, the former governor of Anambra State did likewise.
Their applications had been rejected on September 6 by the five-member tribunal, which was presided over by Justice Hassan Tsammani, for lack of competence.
The LP candidate contested the tribunal’s decision on 51 grounds in a 73-page notice of appeal submitted by his principal attorney, Dr. Livi Uzoukwu (SAN).
The notice 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.”