A lot of fascinating news has continued to evolve following the various events surrounding the February 25th, 2023 General Election in Nigeria.
The outcome of the Presidential election has ever since triggered a series of events suggesting a dramatic transition to power amidst mixed speculations. This nonetheless does not undermine the fact that Nigerians in the diaspora are eagerly awaiting the event of the 29th May 2023, when the ruling All Progressives Congress APC under the auspices of President Muhammadu Buhari would hand over power to the President-elect, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
Recall that the former governor of Lagos State was declared the winner of the presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC. His pyrrhic victory has attracted different reactions from the members and contestants of the opposition parties, including; Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party PDP, Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party, among others, who have gone to the tribunal to seek redress.
In view of the foregoing, the Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi filed a lawsuit against the President-elect under the platform of All Progressives Congress APC, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu. Mr. Obi first challenges the processes through which the President-elect, Bola Tinubu was declared winner of the February 25th, 2023 presidential poll.
He alleged that the election was characterized by various irregularities including the non-qualification of Mr. Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima to contest the election.
Mr. Obi also alleged that Mr. Tinubu failed to win the majority of the lawful votes cast in the election, and just as he could not secure one-quarter of the lawful votes cast in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
He further alleged that the election was conducted in substantial non-compliance with the provision of the law.
The Labour Party candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, therefore, urged the court to either declare him the president-elect, in the belief that he scored the majority of the lawful votes during the election, or nullify the entire election and order a fresh election.
The petition contains a total of five prayers divided into two categories – two main prayers and three alternative prayers.
Significantly enough, Mr. Obi jointly filed the petition alongside his party, the Labour Party.
In the same vein, the co-petitioners sued the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr. Tinubu, Kashim Shettima (vice-president-elect), and their party, the APC, as the respondents.
Mr.Obi further hit Senator Bola Tinubu with a different suit alleging that the former Lagos State Governor was involved in international drug trafficking in the United Kingdom.
Similarly, the People’s s Democratic Party PDP’s presidential candidate for the February 25th, 2023 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is seeking redress following the outcome of the poll. Atiku and Obi had filed their separate charges challenging the victory of Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu. The duo believes that the former did not merit the number one position in the country and therefore, hope to get justice in the end.
Meanwhile, the President-elect, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu has long after receiving the certificate of return, started preparing for the handover on the 29th of May, 2023. This is happening amidst growing speculations about plots by some top politicians to usurp and throne an interim government in Nigeria.
As a result, the Department of State Services DSS in a statement by the spokesperson for the service, Peter Afunanya has said it had identified some Hismed key players planning for an interim government in the country.
Describing the plan as an aberration, the DSS said the plan would undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.
The statement was titled ‘DSS confirms plot for interim government by misguided political actors’.
It partly read, “The DSS has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria. The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.
“The illegality unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace-loving Nigerians. This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country. ”
The All Progressives Congress APC on Friday, joined in the call for the immediate arrest and prosecution of those orchestrating such awful acts in the country.
Ceteris paribus, the International Criminal Court ICC on Wednesday reportedly rejected a 400 million Dollars offer from a top Nigerian Politician. The Nigerian demagogue has allegedly traveled to buy his way through as Nigerians and the world awaits further the incoming events of the tribunals in the polity.
Consequently, the attempts to bribe the ICC official could not go down well with the Nigerian politician who might be expecting the boomerang of his sharp move to power.
According to Intel, he would be back in the country soon following a journey in futility.