- The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) on Wednesday, September 7 rejected petitions against Bola Tinubu's victory in the last presidential election
- After an almost 10-hour verdict, judges said the petitions by his two main challengers, Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar, were without merit
- Speaking with Legit.ng, a public affairs analyst, Segun Akinleye, stated that elections are about figures — which Obi 'failed to convincingly validate'
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Akinleye said citizens cannot blame the PEPT because the former Anambra state governor could not irrefutably specify how he scored the majority of lawful votes in the February 25, 2023, presidential election.
'Onus on Obi to show winning figures'
The expert berated 'Obidients', a sobriquet for staunch supporters of Obi, for allegedly not going beyond the result sheets he said they've been circulating online. He shared his view on Friday, September 8.
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Akinleye told Legit.ng:
“I honestly think you can't fault the court on its judgment. If you are parading yourself as the winner of an election, the onus of proof is on you to show the figures you won with. It's just logical. Elections are about figures.
“You can see the difference between what the Obidients have been pushing online and what the party presented in court.
“I still saw a video of David Hundeyin saying the "result sheets" showed Peter Obi won. Please, why were the result sheets not tendered in court?”
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"Obi will be declared president": Cleric
In a piece of related news, Legit.ng reported that Evangelist Naomi George said Obi would soon be declared the president of Nigeria. The cleric said every prophecy has its time and season of manifestation.
According to the preacher, “the time is near for this prophecy to be fulfilled.”
Petitioner that can “go far"
Legit.ng also reported that Primate Elijah Ayodele, the leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, released a prophecy regarding the outcome of the litigations related to the 2023 election in Nigeria.
In a post on his X (formerly Twitter) page on Friday, September 8, Primate Ayodele said his “prophecy has been that only Atiku Abubakar" — and not Obi — can go far with his case against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).