By Deborah Osagiede
The Presidential Election Petition Court on Tuesday in Abuja admitted forms for the collation of presidential election results in 17 states as exhibits in a petition filed against the election of President Bola Tinubu.
Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) who is the petitioner at the February 25 presidential election and his party tendered the exhibits known as Forms EC8B. Peter Obi’s and the LP’s petition is marked as CA/PEPC/03/2023 and was filed against Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), his deputy, Kashim Shettima, INEC and the electoral umpire.
At the resumed hearing of the petition, Obi and his party, through a counsel in his legal team, Ben Anichebe (SAN), tendered the Forms EC8B from the 17 states they were contesting.
The states are Adamawa with results from 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs), Bayelsa (eight LGAs), Benue (23 LGAs), Kogi (21 LGAs), Nasarawa (11 LGAs) and Niger
Others are Ondo (18 LGAs), Sokoto (21 LGAs), Delta (25 LGAs), Ekiti (11 LGAs), Imo (25 LGAs), Kaduna (21 LGAs), Oyo (27 LGAs), Cross River (18 LGAs), Edo (15 LGAs), Akwa Ibom (31 LGAs) and Lagos (20 LGAs).
Counsel representing the respondents all objected to the tendering of the Forms EC8Bs by the petitioners.
They are Kemi Pinhero (SAN), representing INEC, Wole Olanipakun (SAN), representing Tinubu and Shettima, and Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) representing the APC.
The court, however, admitted all the documents tendered by the petitioners as their schedule of documents and marked them as exhibits.
Thereafter the five-man panel led by Justice Haruna Tsammani adjourned further hearing of the petition to Wednesday.