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We reject tribunal’s judgment on 2023 presidential poll – Peter Obi Diaspora Group

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The Peter Obi Global Diaspora Support Network (POGDSN) has rejected completely the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT), judgement which upheld the victory of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as winner of the February 25, 2023, presidential election.

The group made their position known in a statement on Friday signed by its convener, Prof. Pat Obiefule.

Expressing shock over the judgment, it said the decision of the justices was not in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

It expressed optimism that the Supreme Court will rule in favour of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi when the matter gets there.

The statement reads: “We, the Peter Obi Global Diaspora Support Network, POGDSN, hereby reject, in the strongest possible term, the entirety of the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, PEPT on the petition CA/PEPC/03/2023 filed by the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Gregory Obi, challenging the selection of Bola Ahmed Tinubu by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“POGDSN is absolutely shocked, discontented, and dismayed by the PEPT’s judgment as it amounts to a total abdication of power to the executive arm of government in a manner indicative of state capture, and does not reflect the independence of the judiciary as envisaged by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“POGDSN strongly condemns this judgment in its entirety as an attempt to legitimize the imposed presidency of Bola Ahmed Tinubu; dash the hope of ordinary and long-suffering Nigerians for a new nation anchored on the principles of justice, equity and fairness; and grossly undermine the moral and ethical standard of the larger society.

“It is indeed a sad day for democracy and the rule of law in Nigeria! However, we remain resolute in our commitment to ensuring that the supremacy of the Constitution is upheld, and in particular, to reclaiming the people’s mandate freely and lawfully given to Mr. Peter Gregory Obi by Nigerians across the length and breadth of the country during the February 25, 2023 presidential election.”

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