Dr. Abayomi Arabambi, the suspended National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party (LP), has questioned why the party’s Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, cannot pay the N1.5 million fees required by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to release the necessary documents for the presidential election tribunal’s pre-hearing.
Obi and the Labour Party’s refusal to pay the fees, he claims, casts doubt on the party’s willingness to hear the case against President-elect Bola Tinubu.
According to Arabambi, Obi and the Labour Party are deceiving Nigerian youths into believing they are fighting for a lost mandate.
He claimed that the development, revealed by Obi’s lead counsel, Professor Livy Uzuokwu, was deceptive and a ploy to deny Nigerians the party’s mandate in the presidential election tribunal hearing.
It should be noted that Uzuokwu had yesterday asked the court to order INEC to release the information required for the case’s hearing.
However, the INEC legal team also accused Obi’s team of refusing to pay the N1.5 million fee required to release the necessary information for the hearing.
In response to this stance, Arabambi stated that if the Labour Party, led by Julius Abure, fails to comply with the court’s directive on pre-hearing, it may have a negative impact on the case of its Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi.
“Something happened at the election Tribunal yesterday, and it is unfortunate that the lead lawyer will write a letter to INEC claiming that they do not have N1,500,000 to pay, despite the fact that the pre-hearing session ends on Sunday,” he said.
“That means that if we don’t do the necessary, our petition will be dismissed.”
“Now, what will 13 SAN be doing until April 17 when they were told to meet INEC and collect all necessary documents, only for their lead counsel to say, oh, I’ve only gotten 30% of the documents requested?”
“The INEC lead counsel stated that they invited him on Friday, but he stated that he was at a party.” Professor Ananaba, a learned silk, went on their behalf. They asked him to appear in court on Monday, but he did not appear; on Tuesday, he did not appear; and on Wednesday, Prof. Livy requested an extension.
“The court ruled yesterday, that they will not extend it, that it will only take 14 days, in accordance with the electoral Act.” And they informed them that the court will not meet on Saturday or Sunday, as today is Thursday. Friday and Saturday are available.
“So, how do we now collaborate, how do we get all of these documents, and how do we now go to the hearing session, because if we fail to cross the hurdle of the hearing session, our petition will be dismissed?”
“How can you say Obi can’t afford N1.5m when they know what they’re doing?” They are either employed by PDP or by APC.
“They simply want to deceive the youth of Nigeria into following their deceptive nature, as evidenced by their accusation of our executive collecting money from the APC yesterday.”
“Yesterday, Akpabio and the APC’s deputy chairman went to see them, and they accepted him.”