Tuesday, November 7, 2023


 "Challenging Judicial Decisions: A Call for National Accountability"

Press Conference Remarks by Mr. Peter Gregory Obi, CON, Labour Party Presidential Candidate, regarding the Supreme Court's Judgment on the 2023 Nigeria Presidential Election

Dear compatriots, esteemed members of the press, I extend a warm welcome to this important press conference, where I aim to address the recent ruling by the Supreme Court, a matter of utmost significance in our nation's democracy.

A short while back, while engaged in a prior commitment abroad, I received notice of the Supreme Court's impending judgment on our challenge against the ruling of the Presidential Election Petitions Court (PEPC) regarding the 2023 Presidential Election. The ruling was delivered as scheduled, and while the Labour Party has already conveyed its stance, I feel compelled, after considerable contemplation, to respond personally to this judgment, aligning with the sentiments of many Nigerians.

Beyond the legal intricacies, the Supreme Court's decision appeared to disregard compelling evidence of electoral malpractices, non-compliance with INEC rules, and serious allegations such as perjury and forgery. This neglect of critical matters and the overlooking of constitutional breaches have transferred a significant moral responsibility from the courtrooms to our national conscience, gravely impacting our burgeoning democracy. Regrettably, this judgment undermines the trust Nigerians place in our judicial system, which ultimately derives its power from the people. It stands as a verdict in law for 2023 but falls short in meeting the present demand for substantial justice.

Our resolve remains resolute despite exhausting all legal avenues. We firmly disagree with this judgment, asserting our aspirations for a new Nigeria—a nation driven by productivity, resource management, poverty alleviation, transparent governance, and an unwavering dedication to the needs of all citizens left behind by the current system.

Moving forward, the Labour Party and the Obidient Movement shift into an opposition role, amplifying our message of hope and progress for a new Nigeria. Our dedication to good governance, national unity, and adherence to constitutional principles remains unwavering. The need for a robust opposition, especially amidst present circumstances, is undeniable. Our policies and priorities stand in stark contrast to the current administration's focus, and we will persist in our pursuit of a better Nigeria.

Throughout this journey, the support and belief of our fellow Nigerians have been a tremendous source of encouragement. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all those who have supported this mission for a restructured Nigeria, a country that works for all its people.

Thank you.

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