A Labour Party chieftain, Moses Jolayemi, speculates that his party’s candidate, Peter Obi, will lose again at the Supreme Court.
Moses Jolayemi, a Labour Party coordinator for the 2023 presidential election in Ekiti state said Obi failed to sufficiently prove his case at the tribunal. Jolayemi also noted that judges focus on presented facts rather than social media commentary in their judgments.
Recall that Mr. Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra state, came third in the election, according to the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Mr. Obi, however, rejected the results and headed to the tribunal to challenge President Bola Tinubu’s victory, claiming he won the election.
Meanwhile, Jolayemi Asked in a Punch interview if he thinks Obi can “reclaim his mandate” at the apex court, said he did not see how the LP’s presidential flagbearer will win. He said Obi failed to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt at the tribunal. His words: “I do not think that he is going to pull through at the Supreme Court or wherever. Senior advocates, analysts, and enlightened people have all looked at the judgment and it was described as very good.
“I do not see how far he can go. If you say a mandate is stolen, the onus is on you to prove it, and not only proving it, you have to prove it beyond reasonable and possibly unreasonable doubt. The reality is that the President is installed and it is even more difficult now. From what we hear, he (Obi) was not able to prove his case convincingly. “Your party won in a polling unit, you must have the result to show for that claim. It is not all about talking.” Judges will not deal with what’s on social media.
Jolayemi noted though judges also use social media, they will not use social media posts when delivering judgments. “The judges are also on social media, but they are concerned with facts and what is presented before them, not what is on social media or the interest of the people.
“For me, I do not see this case going further because I do not know anything new that they want to plead at the Supreme Court; I consider it an exercise in futility,”