Presidency Reacts to Labour Party's Objection to Supreme Court Verdict on 2023 Presidential Election

Presidency Reacts to Labour Party's Objection to Supreme Court Verdict on 2023 Presidential Election

In a recent development, the Presidency has responded to the objections raised by the 2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi.

Regarding the Supreme Court's verdict affirming the electoral victory of President Bola Tinubu.

The Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga,

Emphasized the importance of judicial decisions being based on evidence, precedents, and the rule of law, rather than public sentiment.

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The Presidency pointed out the apparent contradiction in Peter Obi's stance.

Highlighting that he had previously benefited from judicial pronouncements in 2007 when he reclaimed his mandate as governor of Anambra State.

However, now that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of President Tinubu on October 26, 2023, Obi has chosen to castigate the same court.

Onanuga emphasized the crucial role of evidence, precedents, and the rule of law in the judicial process.

He stated that courts do not base their judgments on public opinion or popular sentiment but rather on these established legal principles.

The Special Adviser expressed bewilderment at Obi's claim of victory in an election where his party, the Labour Party, secured a distant third place.

This statement underlines the need for factual representation of electoral outcomes.

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The Presidency urged Peter Obi to display statesmanship by acknowledging the Supreme Court ruling and congratulating President Tinubu on his victory.

They emphasized the importance of unity and support for the newly elected leader.

Furthermore, the Presidency welcomed Obi and his party to take on the role of the opposition, encouraging them to start preparing for the 2027 presidential elections.

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They expressed hope that in the next campaign, Obi would focus on substantive issues rather than resorting to religious and ethnic sentiments.

The response from the Presidency highlights the significance of adhering to legal processes and respecting judicial decisions.

It calls for a spirit of statesmanship and unity in the aftermath of electoral contests.

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Additionally, the invitation for the Labour Party and Peter Obi to actively participate in future elections.

Demonstrates a commitment to democratic processes and healthy political competition.

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