Labour Party demands transparency from PEPC and APC over Tinubu's legal team's imprint on CTC of judgment

The Labour Party has reacted to the controversy surrounding the appearance of the Tinubu Presidential Legal Team (TPLT) on the Certified True Copies (CTC) of the judgment, charging both the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) and APC to come clean and tell Nigerians what really transpired.

The Party in a press statement on Sunday, September 10, 2023, said that “Consequent upon the revelation that Certified True Copies (CTC) of the recent judgment by the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) had an imprint, “Tinubu Presidential Legal Team” (TPLT), as its header, Nigerians are curious about such happenstance that has inevitably generated storm and controversy. 

The statement discloses further that: “The Labour Party was very disturbed by the delay in releasing the judgment expeditiously, only to be confronted with this befuddlement. The public is equally at pains trying to comprehend what is happening. 

According to the party, “The onus of explaining and dousing the unfolding controversy rests on the PEPC and the TPLT, the imprint owners. Clearly, the header is not a watermark. We note that only some of the petitioners received the same version. 

“In a highly contentious case with dire national interest and implications, confirming that the PEPC did not confer any advantage, rights, or privileges to any party is imperative. This development must be cleared up quickly to avoid conjectures and the belief that something untoward happened. This cannot be the case of another glitch.”

The party noted that “the unsigned and undated statement issued purportedly by a senior counsel on behalf of the Tinubu legal team is misconceived and empty. The senior counsel claimed that the header is a watermark! It is not and can never be. 

“Typically, a watermark is a faint imprint or design made on some papers during production and which can be seen when held up to the light. It helps in checking the genuineness of the paper.”

The party stated that the senior counsel is responsible for substantiating his claims and should not pass the buck to innocent parties. 

“We of the Labour Party place it on record that the counsel who collected the judgment on behalf of our party and our candidate did so long after a representative of Tinubu legal team,” the statement added.

“We call on the PEPC and APC to come clean on the CTC imprint and disclose whose imprimatur is inscribed on the entire judgment. Nigerians deserve the right to know and are demanding urgent answers,” the statement signed by Obiorah Ifoh, National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party concluded.
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