Peter Obi vs Tinubu: Resolve petitions before May 29 – Afenifere urges tribunal


The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has reiterated its support for what it calls “the victory of Peter Obi” of the Labour Party in the February 25 presidential election, and all his endeavors in its realization.


Afenifere stated that the emergence of a president from the South East would guarantee equity, fairness, and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians. At its April general meeting in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State, the group called on the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to ensure the speedy resolution of all petitions before it.


Obi and the Labour Party are in court to challenge the outcome of the presidential election, which was won by Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).


In a communique signed after the meeting by the leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, and the group Secretary General Sola Ebiseni (retd), Afenifere strongly urged the judiciary to ensure all petitions in respect of the presidential election are “timeously and justly resolved before the end of the tenure of the Buhari administration.” Afenifere described this as the only way through which the confidence Nigerians have in its intervention may be earned.


The group recalled that similar precedents in this regard have been set, even by less endowed countries in Africa.


In the communique, Afenifere also asked the Federal Government not to commit about N100 billion to the coming population census. Afenifere maintained that there is no compelling reason why the census must be held by “the expiring” President Muhammadu Buhari administration. The group, therefore, called for “all steps and preparations in that regard [to] be stopped forthwith.”

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