On Wednesday, Mr. Peter Obi and the Labour Party (LP) presented additional documents before the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC). These documents included Form EC8B series from four states, EC8C from 13 states, EC8D from all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and finally, Form EC8D(A), which contains the national result.
Mr. Peter Obi and the Labour Party are petitioners in the case marked CA/PEPC/03/2023, which challenges the election that brought President Bola Tinubu into power. The respondents in the case are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), President Bola Tinubu, Vice President Kashim Shettima, and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The petitioners, represented by their counsel Paul Ananaba, SAN, submitted Form EC8B series from various local government areas in Ebonyi, Kaduna, Oyo, and Nasarawa states. Ananaba explained that these documents complete the EC8B series, which consists of results from ward collation centers.
Furthermore, the petitioners tendered Form EC8C series documents from local government areas in Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Edo, Ebonyi, Lagos, Niger, Ondo, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto, Ekiti, and Delta states.
Ananaba informed the court that they have concluded with the EC8C series and proceeded to submit Form EC8D series, which contains the election results at the state collation level from all 36 states and the FCT.
Additionally, they presented Form EC8D(A), which contains the national results.
Counsels for INEC, Mr. T.N. Inuwa, SAN, and for President Tinubu and Vice President Shettima, Mr. Mike Igbokwe, SAN, as well as counsel for the APC, Mr. Adebiyi Kassim, SAN, objected to the admissibility of the documents. They stated that the reasons for their objections would be provided during the final written addresses stage.
However, the respondents did not object to the admissibility of Form EC8D(A), which contains the national results.
The court admitted all the tendered documents as evidence.