Peter Obi Vows to Pursue Justice Through Supreme Court After Disputed Verdict
In a press conference held on Thursday in Onitsha, Anambra state, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, announced his determination to pursue justice through the Supreme Court. This decision came in response to the recent verdict by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, which he vehemently disagreed with.
Addressing the gathered audience, Obi stated, “Yesterday, on September 6, 2023, the Presidential Election Petition Court delivered its long-anticipated judgment on the Petitions challenging the outcome of the presidential election held on February 25, 2023. This judgment was rendered within the legally mandated timeframe, and we recognize the Court’s commitment to upholding due process and strengthening our democracy.”
Despite acknowledging the Court’s role, Obi firmly expressed his dissent, asserting that he disagreed with both the court’s rationale and its conclusions in the verdict. He made it clear that he and the Labour Party intended to challenge this judgment through the established legal process, filing an appeal as allowed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Obi emphasized, “The PEPC has delivered its judgment, but it’s vital to remember that the esteemed body is not the final arbiter. The responsibility now lies with the Supreme Court. It’s important to understand that a judgment is not synonymous with justice. I urge Nigerians to remain resolute, law-abiding, and peaceful, recognizing that this matter has not reached its ultimate resolution.”
He continued, “Our legal team has already received clear instructions to file an appeal against this decision. I will not waver in the pursuit of justice, not just for myself but for our numerous supporters across the nation whose electoral mandate was unfortunately thwarted by INEC.”
Obi also stressed the significance of strong national institutions and public trust in them for a robust democracy. He noted that electoral litigations would be minimal if the Independent National Electoral Commission fulfilled its statutory duties with transparency and fairness.
In closing, he extended his gratitude to all Nigerians who supported their campaign for a New Nigeria characterized by justice, rule of law, peace, prosperity, inclusiveness, sustainable growth, and development. He also thanked their legal team, the Labour Party, the Obedient Family, and all those who stood by them throughout the legal proceedings. Obi concluded by expressing optimism that a New Nigeria was both attainable and within reach.