President Bola Tinubu was duly elected, and Labour Party candidate Mr. Peter Obi has vowed to appeal the PEPC’s decision.
“Sound electoral jurisprudence will vanish in the nation if precautions are not taken, according to Obi, whose petition was rejected by the court.”
He emphasised that litigants who are unhappy with an election’s outcome may turn to self-help if hurdles from governmental organisations like the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, make it very difficult for them to prove their case.
Speaking through his team of lawyers led by Dr. Livy Uzoukwu, SAN, Obi, said: “If we are not careful, our electoral jurisprudence will eventually disappear. I am saying this with every amount of sincerity because when the litigant, when those that contested the election continue to find it very difficult to establish their case due to obstacles on the way, starting by INEC, certainly they may resort to some other means of trying to get justice, which may not be lawful.
“Also, I commend the Court of Appeal for introducing live streaming. You may recall that we applied to the court to have live streaming of all the proceedings, the court, in its wisdom did not grant the application.
“But now, in the end, they saw wisdom in it and the need to guarantee transparency, hence, live streaming of the judgement.
“Certainly, it would have been better if it was live streaming of the entire proceedings so that the public will have the chance of watching and be able to relate properly with the judgement.
“So, I will hope and pray that this time, it will be continuous, starting from the beginning of a case. The only way to ensure transparency, he continued, is to make everything transparent so that Nigerians may see it for themselves and decide for themselves.