The Minister of Works, Dave Umahi has said that Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general election would fail if he appeals the verdict of the Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) at the Supreme Court, which affirmed President Bola Tinubu’s win.
Recall that on Wednesday, September 6, the tribunal dismissed Peter Obi’s petition on grounds that it lacked merit. In a press conference he held on Thursday, September 7, Obi rejected the judgement and said he would be appealing it.
While speaking with newsmen in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital on Saturday, September 9, Umahi urged Obi not to appeal against the tribunal judgement, arguing that his appeal would also be thrown out by the Supreme Court.
“Throughout the campaign period and even now, I keep saying it boldly that God told me that Tinubu will be President of Nigeria. It was tough here in South East but I am very happy that Tinubu eventually became the President of this country. Like I said in Imo State, God has a purpose for everybody. There was John the Baptist, there was Christ and there is still Christ. Peter Obi has served the purpose of John the Baptist for the Divine President Bola Tinubu Ahmed, that’s all that God brought him to do this time around.
So, I advise him not to go to any court of appeal. I am not a Lawyer but the Governor of Ebonyi State is a Lawyer and he has interpreted the judgment and it has left no hope for any appeal. Those judges are spirits. They went into everything and dissected them just like getting a coconut and breaking it. You will get the water and everything and get the nut.
So, I advise him not to go to appeal, he is not even 2nd, he came 3rd at the election. he is our brother. Let South Eastern people come together to support President Tinubu. He made us the number one Minister even when we didn’t vote very well for him.
But we voted even very well more than other regions because through the calling of John the Baptist, we were able to bring down PDP and that is a victory for APC”.