The Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed the petition of Peter Obi and his party, the Labour Party (LP) on 25% of FCT required to win a presidential election.
The ruling, Justice Haruna Tsammani said the FCT citizens do not enjoy special privileges ahead of other states.
There have been arguments and counterarguments by the public, especially legal experts about Section 134 (1) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended) which stipulates that a presidential candidate must attain or score a majority of votes cast in a presidential election, where two or more candidates are involved, and at least 25% in two-third of the 36 States and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Nigeria to meet the constitutional requirement to be declared as duly elected as President of Nigeria.
Obi scored more than 25% of the votes cast in the FCT during the 2023 presidential election.
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