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Pro-democracy group picks holes in PEPT judgement – Blueprint Newspapers Limited

Days after affirmation of election.of President Bola Tinubu by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal PEPT), coalition for Protection of Democracy (COPDEM), has faulted the verdict.

The coalition in a statement by its Spokesman, Garba Danjuma in Abuja, Friday, described the verdict of the five-,man panel as a miscarriage of justice, particularly against the Presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi, in the election held on February 25, 2023.

It 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 statement reads in part, “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.

“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, PEPT decided to ignore the report and went ahead with its verdict.

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

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