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COPDEM Picks Holes In PEPT Verdict On Peter Obi’s Petition, Alleges Miscarriage Of Justice

The Coalition for Protection of Democracy (COPDEM) has faulted the verdict of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) on the petition filed by the Presidential Candidate of Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi, against the declaration of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the ruling All Congress (APC) as winner of the February 15, 2023 presidential election.

The pro-democracy group in a statement signed by its Spokesman Garba Danjuma, described the verdict of the five-man panel as a miscarriage of justice.

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COPDEM wondered how a court could submit that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is not under obligation to transmit results electronically, saying that the position of PEPT on that issue must be challenged at the Supreme Court.

The group said: “The position of PEPT that INEC is under no obligation to transmit results electronically, signals a return to the era of collation fraud and untrammeled impunity!

“One may grant that a better view may have been that even though a duty exists to transmit results electronically, it had not been established by the Petitioners that the failure to do so SUBSTANTIALLY affected the result of the election in this instance.

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“But the implication of the judgment on electronic transfer of results is that all the innovations and checkmates against electoral fraud contained in the 2022 Electoral Act have been capriciously cast into the dustbin of history!”

COPDEM further expressed shock that “despite the widespread irregularities that characterised the Presidential Election captured by the European Union (EU) damning report about the election, the PEPT decided to ignore the report and went ahead with their verdict.”

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The frontline pro-democracy coalition disclosed that its legal team would “study the judgement and come out with robust submission that cannot be ignored in the court of law.”

Comrade James Ezema is a veteran journalist and media consultant. He is a political strategist. He can be reached on +2348035823617 via call or WhatsApp.

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