Presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi has said the Supreme Court judgment that affirmed Bola Tinubu’s election as Nigeria’s president damaged the confidence that Nigerians have in the judiciary.
He spoke on Monday while addressing a world press conference at the Labour Party headquarters in Abuja, adding that its ruling was a show of force against Nigerians.
The apex court had some weeks ago dismissed the appeals of Obi, and that of his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart Atiku Abubakar challenging Tinubu’s victory.
Obi said; “Without equivocation, this judgment amounts to a total breach of the confidence the Nigerian people have in our judiciary. To that extent, it is a show of unreasonable force against the very Nigerian people from whom the power of the Constitution derives.
“This Supreme Court ruling may represent the state of the law in 2023 but not the present demand for substantive justice. The judgment mixed principles and precepts. Indeed, the rationale and premise of the Supreme Court judgment, have become clearer in the light of the deep revealing and troubling valedictory remarks by Hon. Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammad, (JSC) on Friday 27th October 2023.”
The LP flagbearer further accused the Supreme Court justices of treating the allegations of forgery and identity theft against President Bola Tinubu with levity. He, however, vowed to continue his pursuit of hope for all Nigerians.
“The Supreme Court abandoned its responsibility as a court of law. The court decision contravenes the overwhelming evidence of election rigging, the false calm of technical glitches, as well as matters of forgery and identity theft as been brought to light.
“These are hefty allegations that should not have been treated with levity. The Supreme Court transferred a heavy moral burden from the courtroom to our national conscience, our democracy is the victim of this courtroom drama.
“It’s a show of unreasonable force against the very Nigerian people from whom the power of the constitution is drawn. Datti and I may have ended our quest but this is just the beginning of our quest for hope for the common Nigerian,” Obi said.