Supreme Court Set to Decide Presidential Election Appeals As PDP and LP Challenge Tinubu's Victory

Supreme Court Set to Decide Presidential Election Appeals As PDP and LP Challenge Tinubu's Victory

 

In a pivotal moment for Nigeria's political landscape, the Supreme Court is poised to deliver its judgement on Thursday, October 26, 2023, regarding the contentious presidential election held on February 25.


This verdict will determine the fate of the Labour Party (LP) and its candidate, Peter Obi, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its contender, Atiku Abubakar, as well as the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its flagbearer, Bola Tinubu.


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The PDP and LP candidates, Abubakar and Obi, are fervently hoping for a reversal of the previous ruling that upheld Tinubu's electoral triumph. This ruling was issued by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) on September 6, 2023, affirming Tinubu's victory.


During the court's last session on Monday, an announcement was made by the seven-member panel, presided over by Justice Inyang Okoro, confirming the date for the long-awaited judgement.


This followed the adoption of arguments and final submissions by counsels representing the parties involved. A pivotal moment in the proceedings arose when Atiku and the PDP sought to present fresh evidence on alleged forged documents.


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Chris Uche, representing Atiku Abubakar, passionately urged the court to consider this motion and grant their appeal, ultimately calling for Tinubu's disqualification.


On the opposing side, counsel representing the Respondents - Abubakar Mahmoud for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).


Wole Olanipekun for President Tinubu, and Akin Olujinmi for the APC - firmly advocated for the dismissal of both the motion and appeal, citing a lack of merit.


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