Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
The All Progressives Congress, APC; its presidential candidate, Ahmed Tinubu; and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC; Wednesday, opposed the admissibility of bundles of more exhibits tendered by the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, at the Presidential Election Petitions Court, PEPC, sitting in Abuja.
But despite their opposition, the PEPC admitted in evidence the exhibits comprising the total number of Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, collected in 32 states of the federation before the 2023 general elections.
Similarly, the Justice Haruna Tsammani-led five-member panel, admitted in evidence, a bundle of documents that contained the total number of registered voters in the states.
Other exhibits admitted by the panel were certified copy of supplementary IReV reports for three Local Government Areas, LGAs, of Benue State; two LGAs of Cross River State; 12 LGAs of Lagos State, as well as one LGA in Gombe State.
The exhibits by Obi, were tendered by one of the Senior lawyers in his legal team, Mr. Peter Afuba, SAN.
Obi’s lawyer told the tribunal that the exhibits were duly certified INEC.
INEC, however, through its lawyer, Mr. Kemi Pinhero, SAN, said it was vehemently opposed to the admissibility of the exhibits in evidence.
President Tinubu and the APC, who are the 2nd and 3rd Respondents in the matter, also kicked against the admission of the exhibits in evidence.
All the Respondents said they would give reasons behind their objections in their final written address.