Candidate of the Labour Party (LP) during the 2023 presidential election, Peter Obi, has revealed what will happen if the candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC, who was declared President-elect, by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is sworn in as Nigeria’s next president come May 29.
The former Governor of Anambra State, said no matter what happens on May 29, reclaiming his ‘stolen mandate’ is sacrosanct.
He further expressed confidence in getting justice in court even after Tinubu may have succeeded President Muhammadu Buhari.
Obi recalled how he reclaimed his mandate as Governor of Anambra State years ago from Chris Ngige (incumbent Minister of Labour and Employment of Nigeria), three years after he had been sworn in.
IgbereTV reports that Pre-trials at the Presidential Election Tribunal ended on Tuesday, while trial proper is slated to commence on Tuesday, May 30.
Petitioners have been given three weeks to present their case as opposed to the alleged seven weeks they asked for, beginning from May 30 to June 23.
Speaking, however, through his spokesperson, Diran Onifade, Obi cited multiple incidences where people were recalled after being sworn into office and expressed hope that the court will get him justice now or later.
“Ngige was governor of Anambra State for three years; when his election was found to be faulty, he was removed. Only of recently, Emeka Ihedioha in Imo was asked to vacate for Hope Uzodimma and on and on. So, it’s not a big deal. That’s not how the system works. Even though some people think someone will use executive powers to curtail the court and all. There are separation of powers in our system.
“When you go to court, you expect to get justice in court, and I have been citing examples of people who got justice in the Nigerian court system. We can’t just write them off. As for us, we trust them (the court) because our constitution doesn’t give us an option,” Onifade told DailySun on Wednesday evening.
Bola Tinubu and his Vice Kashim Shettima are expected to be Sworn-in on Monday May 29 but they must first scale through the supreme court judgement on the double nomination of Shettima fixed for Friday May 26.
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