Prominent Lawyer Tells Atiku, Obi What To Do After Supreme Court Verdict

Prominent Lawyer Tells Atiku, Obi What To Do After Supreme Court Verdict

  • Inibehe Effiong has told Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi to take up the work of the opposition and start to checkmate the administration of President Tinubu
  • The advice came after the Supreme Court affirmed Tinubu's victory in the 2023 presidential election
  • During a chat with Legit.ng, the prominent lawyer said the INEC poorly conducted the last general election by not fulfilling its promises

Legit.ng journalist Adekunle Dada has over 5-year-experience covering metro and government policy.

Lagos state - A human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, has reacted to the Supreme Court judgement, which upheld the verdict of the PEPT that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu was the winner of the 2023 election.

Effiong said he hopes that the National Assembly will further amend the electoral act to clarify the position of the law, especially as regards the issue of electronic transmission of results.

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What Atiku, Obi should do after Supreme Court verdict, lawyer reveals
Prominent lawyer says Atiku, Obi should take work of opposition Photo Credits: Atiku Abubakar/Inibehe Effiong/ Mr Peter Obi
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He argued that by virtue of sections 60 and 65 of the Electoral Act and paragraph 38 of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) guidelines, electronic transmission is mandatory.

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During an exclusive chat with Legit.ng, the prominent lawyer said INEC poorly conducted the last general election by not fulfilling its promises.

“INEC betrayed the trust of the Nigerian people, so I do not see the judgement as a vindication of INEC, I rather see it as an indictment on INEC because even the justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Okoro stated in his judgement that the non-transmission of results affected the credibility of the electoral process.”

Effiong said what Prof Yakub Mahmood did in the last election was very shameless, for announcing that electronic transmission was going to be adhered to and public funds were provided for it and at the end of the day, he did not deliver on that promise.

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He said the INEC chairman should resign as he had no reason to remain in office.

Atiku and Obi should checkmate Tinubu's government

Speaking to Atiku Abubakar of the PDP and Peter Obi of the Labour Party, Effiong said both men need to start the work of the opposition by checkmating the administration of President Tinubu.

“Now begin the work of the opposition, which is basically to checkmate terrible government, a terrible Presidency and hold him accountable. And then ensure that they play their role in nation-building.”

Effiong said he agreed with the Supreme Court for rejecting Atiku's fresh evidence against Tinubu because the time for determination of a petition is 180 days, which should necessarily apply to presidential petitions.

He noted that the Supreme Court did not pronounce on the merits of the allegation of forgery against Tinubu.

“So the controversy still remains, even though on technical grounds, the fresh evidence presented by Atiku was rejected for reasons that the Supreme Court had explained.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Tinubu shaded Atiku and Obi after securing victory in the long legal battle with the duo at the Supreme Court.

In a video seen by Legit.ng, while addressing Nyesom Wike, the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and other cabinet members at the recently concluded ministerial retreat, the president said he was proud to have defeated Atiku and Obi at the poll and the court.

Source: Legit.ng

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Adekunle Dada (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Adekunle Dada is a journalist with over 5 years of working experience in the media. He has worked with PM News, The Sun and Within Nigeria before joining Legit.ng as a Politics/Current Affairs Editor. He holds a B.Sc. in Mass Communication from Lagos State University (LASU). He can be reached via adekunle.dada@corp.legit.ng.

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