The Independent National Electoral Commission has asked the presidential election petition tribunal to dismiss a petition filed by the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

Obi and the LP filed a petition challenging the victory of Bola Tinubu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, as the president-elect.In the petition, lead counsel to Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Livy Ozoukwu contended that Tinubu “was not duly elected by the majority of the lawful votes cast at the time of the election”.

They also claimed that Shettima had a double nomination in contravention of the electoral act.

The petitioners asserted that the election was marred by rigging and manipulations adding that the INEC violated its own regulations when it announced the results when at the time of the announcement, the total polling unit results had yet to be fully scanned, uploaded, and transmitted electronically as required by the electoral act. In a response filed on Monday night, INEC, through its lawyer, Abubakar Mahmoud, said the reliefs sought by Obi and his party are not grantable.

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