The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) says the ruling of the presidential election petition court (PEPC) that nullified the petitions filed by Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar of the Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) respectively is a betrayal of trust.
The bishops therefore tasked the Supreme Court to be objective in handling the appeals. The bishops particularly faulted the position of the PEPC that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was not compelled to transmit the election results using electronic means, which was provided with the task payers’ money.
Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, the CBCN president, stated this at the opening ceremony of the 2023 second plenary assembly of the CBCN in Abuja. The clergy prayed for a time genuine and acceptable elections would be conducted in Nigeria.
INEC disappointed people’s expectations in the election and the moral and legal standard of the poll was faulty, the bishops said, adding that people’s confidence in the general election was wiped away with the irregularities that were experienced during and after elections.