Peter Obi presents bundles of materials as evidence before tribunal

Peter Obi

The Labour Party and its presidential candidate Peter Obi on Thursday submitted to the Presidential Election Petition Court bundles of electoral documents from six states of the federation that emanated from the February 25 elections.

The documents consisted of forms EC8A which are polling units’ results.

Mr Obi and his party are challenging the outcome of the election in which Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress was declared as the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

During Thursday’s proceeding, the petitioners through their legal team led by Awa Kalu informed the court that they would present the certified true copies of the documents as evidence in respect of 18 states of the federation.

However, they were only able to present documents from six states before their allotted time was over.

The result sheets tendered before the exhaustion of their slated hours were from local government areas of the following states: Rivers, Benue, Cross River, Niger, Osun, and Ekiti.

Among other forms EC8As that they tendered before the court were the forms from 15 Local Government Areas of Rivers states.

Tinubu, INEC and the APC objected to the admissibility of the documents.

However, the five-man panel of the court headed by Justice Haruna Tsammani admitted the documents from the 15 LGAs of Rivers states and marked them as Exhibits PB1 to PB15.

Among other documents also admitted by the court as evidence were the electoral forms from 23 LGAs in Benue state which were marked as Exhibits PT1-PT23.

It also admitted in evidence results of the presidential election from 18 LGAs in Cross River and marked as Exhibits PD1-PD18.

It further admitted results from LGAs in Niger State, Osun and Ekiti.

Thereafter, the panel adjourned further proceedings in Obi’s petition to June 2, 2023, for continuation.