Yusuf Datti Baba Ahmed, vice presidential candidate for the Labour Party in the elections scheduled for February 25, has claimed that Nigeria does not have a president-elect.
We cannot have a president-elect when there has been a constitutional violation, claims Datti Ahmed. Section 134 has a clear reading, which is also the interpretation given by INEC.
Asiwaju Tinubu is not the president-elect; rather, he is in possession of a worthless certificate, Datti Ahmed.
He declared that swearing in Tinubu was equivalent to swearing in a military ruler since it was an assault on the constitution.
On Tuesday, the Labour Party submitted its petition to the elections petitions tribunal contesting the election results on four different grounds.
Mr. Baba-Ahmed asserted that the election failed to produce a genuine victor by comparing Mr. Tinubu’s certificate of return to a bad check that lacked the necessary credentials to be regarded as having any value.
“At the moment, Nigeria does not have a president-elect. Alhaji Tinubu is in possession of a fake certificate. It is a bad check. That account has no money in it. On ARISE TV, Mr. Baba-Ahmed predicted that it would bounce.
The Labour Party candidate attempted to analyze what he claimed to be the validity of Mr. Tinubu’s election, albeit citing the incorrect section. He made the argument that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) misapplied the Constitution’s 133(b) provision, which specifies how many votes the president-elect needs to get in order to be proclaimed the victor.
A candidate can only be elected president in Nigeria if “he has not less than one-quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two-thirds of all the states in the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja,” according to Section 133 (1) (b) of the Constitution.
With only 90,902 votes (19%) against Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, who received 281,717 votes, Mr. Tinubu lost the FCT to the Labour Party, according to Mr. Datti Baba-Ahmed (61 percent).
“There are two interpretations of 134: the obvious meaning and the INEC interpretation,” he stated.
Mr. Datti -assertion Ahmed’s came as election counsels’ offices were debating legal interpretations of the clause.
Senior Nigerian attorney Femi Falana has contended that other constitutional clauses designate the Federal Capital Territory as Nigeria’s 37th state, making the 25% requirement in the FCT optional.
The Appellate Court will be quite busy in the coming weeks as it considers the claims made by opposing parties and candidates that they were unfairly eliminated from the election.
The Labour Party, the APC, and the PDP had requested the court’s authority to review private electoral records in order to check for anomalies and compile enough evidence to support their claims of victory.