The upcoming legal battle between Peter Gregory Obi and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu over the February 25 presidential election is fast approaching. Dr. Yunusa Tanko, a chieftain of the Labour Party and official spokesperson for the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, has come forward to express his party's confidence in winning the case.
In an interview with media personality Olawale Oluwade, Tanko emphasized the strength of the grounds on which Obi's election petition was filed. He stated that the Nigerian Constitution and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have already established the rule of law, and it is now up to the judiciary to uphold it.
Tanko highlighted two key constitutional requirements for presidential candidates: presenting a primary school certificate and meeting the twenty-five percent threshold in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The candidate who was declared the winner of the presidential polls did not meet these requirements, according to Tanko. Therefore, the case should not be judged based on technicalities but rather on the substance of the matter.
According to him: "the Constitution says that a candidate must present a minimal document of a primary school certificate to contest an election. This was not presented by the candidate that was adjudged to have won the presidential polls. Secondly, the Constitution says a candidate must meet the twenty-five percent threshold in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), which this same candidate did not meet. So, constitutionally speaking, we have put the judiciary to the test.
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