The Nigerian opposition will examine the electoral records

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The Nigerian opposition will examine the electoral records

  • News by AUN News correspondent
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2023
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

  • On Tuesday, the Nigerian election commission consented to provide the legal counsel for the opposition with documents related to the contested election from last month.

  • According to local television station Arise TV, Nigeria’s electoral board offered to give 7778 papers to Labour Party attorneys so they may support their lawsuit contesting the results of the Presidential Election.

  • “INEC has nothing to conceal,” he declared.

  • The day before the announcement, the unsuccessful opposition candidate Peter Obi indicated that he would contest the election results on February 23, which had Bola Tinubu declared the victor.

  • The gubernatorial elections in Nigeria were postponed last week to March 18 because the electoral Commission required additional time to reconfigure the electronic voting devices used in the previous election.

On Tuesday, the Nigerian election commission consented to provide the legal counsel for the opposition with documents related to the contested election from last month.

According to local television station Arise TV, Nigeria’s electoral board offered to give 7778 papers to Labour Party attorneys so they may support their lawsuit contesting the results of the Presidential Election.

The Labour Party lawyers and Mahmood Yakubu, Head of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), met to discuss the judgement.

No secrets exist at INEC. Papers that are on hand at the HQ will be provided right away, Yakubu declared on Wednesday.

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To support its argument, the Labour Party’s legal team has been told by INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu that the Commission will deliver all the requested records.

“INEC has nothing to conceal,” he declared. Papers that are on hand at the HQ will be provided right away.

The day before the announcement, the unsuccessful opposition candidate Peter Obi indicated that he would contest the election results on February 23, which had Bola Tinubu declared the victor.

In light of my response to a query, while I was on Arise TV earlier today, I want to clarify unequivocally that I am contesting both the INEC electoral procedure that resulted in Tinubu’s declaration as the winner of the presidential election before the Presidential Elections Tribunal (PET).

Little chance

Attempts by defeated opposition parties to challenge election results in court in Nigeria successfully have never been successful.

Section 50 (2) of Nigeria’s 2022 Electoral Act mandates that results be delivered electronically by a process decided by the Commission, which is anticipated to serve as the foundation for the opposition’s legal argument.

According to Harry Burns, an election strategist in the UK and Africa, “the Labour Party and PDP [Peoples Democratic Party] intend to argue that INEC infringed the law by not submitting the results electronically.

They believe this will demonstrate that the election result cannot be trusted and that a new election must be held, along with the apparent irregularities at numerous voting places (where figures were manually adjusted).

There doesn’t appear to be any evidence of this yet. Still, according to Burns, opposition lawyers also aim to prove that voting devices, the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), were tampered with.

The All Progressives Congress will win, and Tinubu will become president. Yet, no matter what happens, the Labour Party appears to be here to stay, and change could be just around the corner.

The gubernatorial elections in Nigeria were postponed last week to March 18 because the electoral Commission required additional time to reconfigure the electronic voting devices used in the previous election.

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