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PEPC: Litigants might resort to getting justice through other means – Obi’s lawyer warns

Lawyer to Peter Obi, Presidential candidate of Labour Party, (LP) Dr Livy Uzoukwu, SAN, has vowed to appeal the judgement of the Presidential Election Petitions Court, that upheld the election of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Speaking on Wednesday after the verdict was delivered, he stressed that litigants who are dissatisfied with the outcome of an election may resort to other means of trying to get justice if they continue to find it very difficult to establish their case owing to obstacles from government institutions like the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Uzoukwu also warned that if care was not taken, sound electoral jurisprudence would disappear in the country.

“If we are not careful, our electoral jurisprudence will eventually disappear. I am saying this with every amount of sincerity because when the litigant, when those who contested the election continue to find it very difficult to establish their case due to obstacles on the way, starting with INEC, certainly they may resort to some other means of trying to get justice, which may not be lawful.

“Also, I commend the Court of Appeal for introducing live streaming. You may recall that we applied to the court to have live streaming of all the proceedings, but the court, in its wisdom did not grant the application.

“But now, in the end, they saw the wisdom in it and the need to guarantee transparency, hence, live streaming of the judgement.

“Certainly, it would have been better if it was live streaming of the entire proceedings so that the public would have the chance to watch and be able to relate properly with the judgement.

“So, I will hope and pray that this time, it will be continuous, starting from the beginning of a case. That is the only way that you can guarantee transparency because when something is open, Nigerians will see things for themselves and they will make up their minds, one way or the other,” he said.

The five-person panel led by Justice Haruna Tsammani, dismissed the three consolidated petitions of CAPPC/03/2023, CAPPC/04/2023, and CAPPC/05/2023 on several grounds, including a lack of merit.

Reading the verdict, he said; “This petition accordingly lacks merit. I affirm the return of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the duly elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The parties are to bear their cost.”

Thereafter, the four other Justices unanimously took turns to dismiss the petitions presented by the PDP’s Atiku Abubakar and Labour Party’s Peter Obi, challenging Tinubu’s emergence as President.⁣