Chief Chekwas Okoroe, the founder of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, says he is not surprised at the outcome of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, PEPT, on Wednesday.
Okorie, who expressed satisfaction at the Tribunal’s judgement, claimed to have known that Labour Party’s Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party would not claim victory at the court because they relied on scoring technical points, rather than being specific.
He said, “I took the time to read through the petitions of Atiku and Obi before now. I was satisfied that the petitioners failed woefully to specify the polling units or collation centres where they were denied lawful votes, which could have earned either of them victory at the polls.
“Rather than prove a case of substantial non-compliance with the electoral law, they seemed to have relied on scoring technical points to win their petitions. Their strategy failed.”
Okorie also stated that it is very clear to even the unwary that the Federal Capital Territory can not hold higher status than the rest of the 36 states.
He added: “It is clear even to the unwary that the framers of the 1999 constitution could not have intended to confer on the FTC superior status to the rest of the states of the Federation.”
However, he adviced Atiku and Obi not to appeal the judgement at the Supreme Court, stating that of they should, the outcome would still remain the same.
He also congratulated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his Vice Kashim Shettima, and urged them to channel their attention to the problem facing the country.