The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) on Wednesday said the Labour Party (LP)’s petition of irregularities in the 2023 presidential poll was generic.
Peter Obi is the presidential candidate of the LP in the February 25th general election.
The Tribunal ruled, “Pleading must set out material facts and particulars. In the instant petition, there was no effort to prove specific allegations, or particulars of complaints.
“The law is clear that where someone alleges irregularities in a particular polling unit, such person must prove the particular irregularities in that polling unit before that petition can succeed,” the Tribunal added.
According to the Tribunal, the petitioners did not prove the particular polling units where the election did not take place nor did they specify particulars of polling units where there are alleged complainants of irregularities.
“It was only in one instance that figures were given of alleged suppressed votes and we all know that elections are about figures,” it maintained.
LP had alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) reduced their scores and added it to All Progressives Congress (APC)’s votes.
But the court said LP failed to supply particulars of what they actually scored before the said reductions, neither did they supply the polling units where it happened.
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