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Labour Party Blasts PEPC Over Judgment Copies With Tinubu Legal Team Watermark

The Tinubu Presidential Legal Team (TPLT) was listed as the header on the Certified True Copies (CTC) of the court’s ruling, which the Labour Party (LP) has questioned.

According to TheTimesonline.ng, there had been rumours that the Tinubu Presidential Legal Team watermarks could have been used to influence the tribunal’s decision to favour President Bola Tinubu.

The coordinator of the Tinubu Presidential Legal Team, Babatunde Ogala (SAN), refuted these allegations in a statement on Saturday.

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He asserts that the verdict was not tainted and that the team only added the watermarks after receiving copies of the combined verdict from the Court of Appeal.

The PDP attorneys were present at the registry when they picked up the clean copies of the tribunal ruling, according to Ogala, who also noted that they were the first to retrieve copies of the ruling from the court registry.

The Labour Party’s national publicity secretary, Obiorah Ifoh, responded on Sunday by requesting that the PEPC and the ruling APC explain to Nigerians what happened with the incident and the embarrassing appearance of the TPLT on the CTC of the judgement.

Ifoh said: “Consequent upon the revelation that CTC of the recent judgment by the PEPC had an imprint, ‘Tinubu Presidential Legal Team’ (TPLT) as its header, Nigerians are curious about such happenstance that has inevitably generated storm and controversy.

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“The Labour Party was very disturbed by the delay in releasing the judgment expeditiously, only to be confronted with this befuddlement. The public is equally at pains trying to comprehend what is happening.

“The onus of explaining and dousing the unfolding controversy rests on the PEPC and the TPLT, the imprint owners. Clearly, the header is not a watermark. We note that only some of the petitioners received the same version.

“In a highly contentious case with dire national interest and implications, confirming that the PEPC did not confer any advantage, rights, or privileges to any party is imperative.

“This development must be cleared up quickly to avoid conjectures and the belief that something untoward happened. This cannot be the case of another glitch.”

The party noted that “the unsigned and undated statement issued purportedly by a senior counsel on behalf of the Tinubu Legal Team is misconceived and empty. The senior counsel claimed that the header is a watermark! It is not and can never be.

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“Typically, a watermark is a faint imprint or design made on some papers during production and which can be seen when held up to the light. It helps in checking the genuineness of the paper.

“We of the Labour Party place it on record that the counsel who collected the judgment on behalf of our party and our candidate did so long after a representative of Tinubu Legal Team.

“We call on the PEPC and APC to come clean on the CTC imprint and disclose whose imprimatur is inscribed on the entire judgment. Nigerians deserve the right to know and are demanding urgent answers.”

 

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