President Bola Tinubu Defends Election Victory, Rejects Claims of Not Meeting 25% Vote Threshold in FCT at Tribunal

President Bola Tinubu Defends Election Victory, Rejects Claims of Not Meeting 25% Vote Threshold in FCT at Tribunal

The political landscape of Nigeria has been on a high tempo, revolving around the recent court proceedings involving the country’s President Bola Tinubu, and Vice President Kashim Shettima. These esteemed political figures have ardently requested the Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja to dismiss the petition presented by the Labour Party (LP) and their presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

This high-stake legal discourse has seen President Bola Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima champion their case through their respected counsel, Mr. Wole Olanipekun (SAN). In his final written address against the petition of Peter Obi and the Labour Party, he characterizes the arguments and testimonies of the challenging party as “frivolous, bogus, and based on hearsay.” He presents a powerful defense, where he firmly discredits the petition as severely lacking in merit, substance, and bona fide.

Delving into the specifics of the case, he brings forth a meticulous argument against the petitioner’s contention that the election of his clients should be nullified. This is based on their claims that President Bola Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima didn’t meet the required score of 25 percent or one-quarter of the votes recorded in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Olanipekun is unyielding in his stand that this assertion is not supported by any known legal fact. He points out that the use of the term “and” in the constitution is conjunctive and not disjunctive, thereby challenging the basis of the opposition’s argument.

The legal practitioner goes on to stress the need for the petitioners to present compelling, admissible evidence rather than rely on irrelevant or conjectural statements. He contends that, “This case clearly cries to high heavens in vain to be fed with relevant and admissible evidence.” Mr. Olanipekun poignantly reminds the court and the opposing party that judges aren’t supposed to act as divine oracles that can foresee the future and make verdicts based on that. He further emphasizes that “Judges cannot perform miracles in the handling of civil claims, and at least of all manufacture evidence for the purpose of assisting a plaintiff wins his case.”

This captivating narrative around President Tinubu and Vice President Shettima unfolds as the nation watches, anxious to see the outcome. The weight of these legal proceedings extends beyond the courtroom walls, impacting the political fabric of Nigeria and drawing national and international attention to the proceedings. We await the court’s ruling in this crucial matter, confident that the principles of justice and fairness will prevail.

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