The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has been asked not to invalidate the February 25 presidential election over the controversy surrounding the 25 per cent in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)….[Continue Reading]
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his Vice, Kashim Shettima made the plea in a final address by their lead counsel, Wole Olanipekun while urging the tribunal to reject the case filed by the Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
In the address, Olanipekun described the arguments and testimonies of witnesses presented by the challengers as “frivolous, bogus, and based on hearsay.”
It was reported that he urged the court to dismiss the petition because it totally lacked merit and substance.
He stressed that the “remote” contention of the petitioners that Tinubu and Shettima’s election should be cancelled for not scoring 25 per cent or one-quarter of the votes recorded in the FCT was not backed by any fact known to the law as the use of “and” in the constitution is conjunctive and not disjunctive.
“The appellant woefully failed to realize that judges do not act like the oracles of life, which are often engaged in crystal gazing and thereafter would proclaim a new Oba in succession to a deceased Oba….[Continue Reading]
He also added that “Judges cannot perform miracles in the handling of civil claims, and at least of all manufacture evidence for the purpose of assisting a plaintiff win his case.”
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