In a significant development at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, the European Union Election Observers Mission report concerning the 25th February presidential election has been rejected.
This report had been submitted by Peter Obi and the Labour Party.
The court’s decision to dismiss the report was based on the fact that it was not presented by an official authorized by the EU, which is the recognized author and custodian of such documents.
Furthermore, the tribunal also refused to accept the 18,088 blurred results sheets submitted by the petitioners.
The rejection was due to the absence of clear ties between these result sheets and the specific polling units to which the results were attributed.
The petitioners failed to provide adequate specification in their petition, leading to the rejection.
Interestingly, it was reported that the authentic copy of the report had been previously submitted by Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party during their prosecution of the petition before the tribunal.
This development adds a layer of complexity to the proceedings, raising questions about the admissibility and relevance of multiple submissions of the same document.
The tribunal’s decisions are likely to have a significant impact on the ongoing electoral dispute.
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