Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, has officially accepted the judgment of the Supreme Court that upheld the election of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He broke his silence on the Supreme Court’s decision during a news conference held on Monday, November 6, 2023, in Abuja.
The Supreme Court, on September 26, 2023, affirmed the September 6 judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, which validated Tinubu’s election as President of Nigeria. The seven-member panel, led by Justice John Inyang-Okoro, dismissed the appeal filed by Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate who came second in the election, as well as Peter Obi, who came third.
During the press conference, Peter Obi expressed his disappointment with the Supreme Court judgment, stating that it sacrificed justice for political expediency, which, in his view, dashed the hopes of many Nigerians.
However, as a Democrat, Obi declared that he and the vice presidential candidate, Dr. Datti Baba-Ahmed, had exhausted all legal means to challenge the outcome of the 2023 general elections. He also announced that, with the legal battle over, the Labour Party was now in opposition, emphasizing his commitment to working towards a new Nigeria.
Obi emphasized that their focus in the coming months would be on strengthening the party, empowering young people, and working towards a better future for Nigeria. He expressed his determination to continue fighting for positive change in the country.