“Tribunal Judgement Will Destroy Electoral Act 2022 If Allowed To Stand” – Kenneth Okonkwo

Popular Nollywood actor and Labour Party’s chieftain, Kenneth Okonkwo, has expressed displeasure over the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT), saying it is inherently contradictory and illogical.

Recall that PEPT, on Wednesday, affirmed the victory of President Bola Tinubu and dismissed the petitions of LP presidential candidate in the 2023 election, Peter Obi, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Atiku Abubakar.

However, the tribunal, while ruling on whether the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was right to return Tinubu as the duly elected by a majority of lawful votes cast, held that Atiku and Obi did not successfully prove their petition seeking to remove Tinubu from office.

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On the issue of 25% in Abuja, Court also ruled that the FCT does not enjoy special privileges ahead of other states.

The veteran actor noted that the judgement would set the country back to the pre-democratic era when manual collation was an albatross of election.

Kenneth further said it was an analogue judgement applied to a technologically advanced Electoral Act 2022, adding  disathat he disgrees with the entire verdict.

He wrote: “The PEPC judgement is inherently contradictory and illogical and, if allowed to stand, will destroy every achievement the Electoral Act 2022, was designed to achieve.

This judgement will set us back to pre-1999 election era when manual collation was the albatross of our elections.

“Those who publicly stated that BVAS will destroy our democracy are now trying to destroy the BVAS using this judgement. This judgement does not appreciate the intendment of the Legislature for the technological advancement of our elections and appears bent on destroying it.

“This judgement is an analogue judgement applied to a technologically advanced Electoral Act 2022. To rule that civil forfeiture is not a fine as contemplated by the Constitution is to overule the decision of the Chief Justice of Nigeria.