The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi, has vowed not to back down in seeking justice as he said he would appeal the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal delivered on Wednesday.
Obi said this on Thursday at a press conference in Onitsha, Anambra state, while reacting to the five-man panel judgment led by Justice Haruna Tsammani which upheld the victory of President Bola Tinubu.
“My legal team has already received a firm instruction to file an appeal. I shall not relent in quest for justice, not necessarily for myself, but indeed for our teeming supporters all over Nigeria,” Obi said.
“Electoral litigations will almost be unnecessary and non-existent if the Independent National Electoral Commission discharges its actions creditably… when that body fails, as it did recently, thus subverting the will of Nigerians, the recourse to the judiciary becomes imperative as is now the case,” he added.
“I thank every Nigerian who has supported our cause and campaign for a new Nigeria, characterized by fairness, equity, justice, rule of law, peace, prosperity, inclusiveness, sustainable growth, and development.
A new Nigeria is possible and achievable.”
Earlier the LP rejected the verdict in a statement made by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh, on Wednesday.
Ifoh said, “The Labour Party watched with dismay and trepidation the dismissal of petitions by the five-man panel of the Presidential Election Petition Court led by Justice Haruna Tsammani today and we reject the outcome of the judgment in its entirety because justice was not served and it did not reflect the law and the desire of the people.
“Nigerians were witnesses to the electoral robbery that took place on February 25, 2023, which was globally condemned but the Tribunal in its wisdom refused to accept the obvious.
“What is at stake is democracy and we will not relent until the people will prevail. We salute the doggedness of our team of lawyers who fearlessly exposed the wrath in our system. We can only weep for democracy in Nigeria but we refuse to give up on Nigeria.”
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