Presidential Election: Peter Obi Challenges INEC Results In 21 states (Full List)
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi has challenged the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in twenty-one states in Nigeria for the 2023 presidential election.
Out of the twenty-one states being challenged by Obi, the former governor of Anambra State won three of those states.
Obi, however, in those states that he won is challenging the figure credited to the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
The LP presidential candidate who was declared third in the election on Tuesday filed a case before the Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja to challenge Tinubu’s victory.
Obi is challenging the results announced by INEC in states including Rivers, Lagos, Taraba, Benue, Adamawa, Imo, Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, and Plateau states.
The rest are Ekiti, Oyo, Ondo, Taraba, Osun, Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Gombe, Yobe and Niger.
The presidential candidate alleged wrong computation for Tinubu and overvoting
Obi won in 11 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, based on the result INEC announced on 1 March.
He is disputing the outcome of the poll in 21 states of the federation, including three that INEC declared him to have won. The three states are – Lagos, Imo, and Plateau.
The other eight states and the FCT that he won are excluded from the list.
In Lagos, Imo, Plateau and seven others “and other states of the federation” not specified in the petition, Obi said, “the votes recorded for the 2nd respondent (Mr Tinubu) did not comply with the legitimate process for computation of the result and disfavoured the petitioners”.
The 10 states including the three won by him are Rivers, Lagos, Taraba, Benue, Adamawa, Imo, Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, and Plateau.
In the remaining 11 states whose results he is challenging, the Labour Party candidate alleged that the outcome of the election was marred by overvoting.
He said overvoting occurred in Taraba and Borno, the home state of Tinubu’s running mate and vice-president-elect, Kashim Shettima.
The 11 states plus Borno and Taraba where overvoting took place, according to Mr Obi, are Ekiti, Oyo, Ondo, Taraba, Osun, Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Gombe, Yobe and Niger.
Obi said his forensic analysis of the electoral materials used for the election showed that votes cast in the polling units “exceeded the number of voters accredited on the BVAS in those states.”
The breakdown of the discrepancies in the figures is not included in the body of the petition available to the public. But the petitioners referenced a forensic analysis report, which they said contained the necessary details.