Festus Keyamo (SAN), the minister of labor and employment, has expressed confidence that Peter Obi, the candidate for president of the Labour Party (LP), won’t be able to have the results of the 2023 presidential election overturned by the tribunal.
In a statement on Tuesday, Keyamo claimed that Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, had soundly defeated Obi in the election.
Because the outcome of that one state did not significantly affect the final total or the margin between Tinubu and Obi, he emphasized that allegations of electoral fraud in just one state cannot be used as justification for overturning the presidential election’s final outcome.
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In addition, if the purported misconduct has no significant impact on the proclaimed outcome, the outcome of an election cannot be unilaterally annulled.
Keyamo also argued that the kinds of evidence that might be allowed in court to demonstrate double voting might be substantially different.
He wrote: “For the avoidance of doubt, Bola Ahmed Tinubu @officialABAT of the APC beat Peter Obi of LP by a margin of 2,693,193 votes.
“So, let me educate the unlearned fellows as to how electoral jurisprudence works so that no one deceives them: If you allege electoral malpractice in just ONE STATE and you do 100 TV documentaries on it, it cannot and will not upturn the overall result of the election in the event that when you subtract or add the result of that ONE STATE to the overall tally, the margin between both candidates will still not be obliterated.
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“Whilst I am not commenting on any particular Petition pending in court now, I just want to say that the entire result of an election cannot be cancelled due to any alleged malpractice if that malpractice does not SUBSTANTIALLY affect the declared result.
“In addition, the type of evidence that may be admissible in court to prove over voting may be substantially different from what is put together to make fanciful documentaries that make the eyes of viewers pop out. So, just sit back and be entertained by documentaries.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced Tinubu of the APC as the winner of the Nigerian presidential election on February 25, 2023, as reported by Newsmen. However, Peter Obi, the leader of the Labour Party, is suing over the election results.
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