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Femi Falana Speaks On Controversial 25% FCT Votes Needed To Win Election

Renowned human rights activist and lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) said all of Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja, is equal.

According to a Channels TV report, Nigeria's chief attorney said the FCT, interpreted as the 37th state, stands on par with all other states in the country.

Faranah said he would not comment on the issue, which is currently pending in court, citing Article 134 of the 1999 Constitution Amendment.

He said: "I explained that because there is no Electoral College in Nigeria, votes cast or registered are the same in all parts of the country. I specifically request that you meet the requirements. "

Falana argued that a majority of the statutory votes must support a candidate in order to win, and territorial allocation—two-thirds of the states and a majority of the FCT—was the second issue. ing.

"And since the FCT was construed as the 37th state of Nigeria under the provisions of the constitution, I did not see any controversy at the relevant point, so I expressed my opinion."

Recall that on March 1, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that APC candidate Tinub won the 2023 presidential election held on February 25.

INEC President Mahmoud Yakubu said Tinubu came in third with a total of 8,794,726 votes, Atiku with 6,984,520, and Obi with 6,101,533.

Tinubu received only about 19% of the votes cast in the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja, but INEC insisted it would not deny him the victory. The APC bannerman did not have to win the 25 votes cast in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to be declared the winner of the Nigerian presidential election.

According to INEC's reasoning, Mr. Tinubu was declared the winner by winning 25% of the valid votes in 29 states, and the election was held." "The requirement that 25 percent of the valid votes must be cast in the Federal Capital Territory is unnecessary.

INEC, citing Article 134(2)(b) of the Constitution, said Mr. Tinub's declaration and return "were not illegal because he received a quarter of the valid votes cast in 29 states." "The explanation is a lie."

INEC further argued that Nigeria's constitution gives FCT (Abuja) state status and that it "should be recognized as one of the federation's states."

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