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Atiku, Obi Challenge Election Tribunal Judgement in Supreme Court

Atiku, Obi Challenge Election Tribunal Judgement in Supreme Court 

Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar have filed a total of 86 ground appeals at the Supreme Court.

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abubakar Atiku, and Peter Obi, the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), have both appealed the judgement of the election petition tribunal that upheld the election of President Bola Tinubu.

Atitku’s legal team insisted that the tribunal made a “serious error” in its ruling in a 35-ground notice of appeal submitted on Tuesday.

Chris Uche, Atitku’s lead counsel, filed the notice of appeal, requesting the Supreme Court overturn all of the tribunal’s findings and conclusions.

The former Vice President of Nigeria claimed that the tribunal erred in law by failing to annul the presidential election held on February 25, 2023, on the grounds of non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2022.

He also accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of conducting the election based on “serious and gross misrepresentation,” violating the Electoral Act 2022 principles, and relying on the “doctrine of legitimate expectation.

The LP challenged the decision of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal( PEPT) that dismissed its application challenging the declaration of President Tinubu as the winner of the February 25 presidential election in its 51-ground notice of appeal.

You would recall that Justice Abba Mohammed, who read the ruling against the LP’s petition, stated that the petitioners made generic allegations of irregularities against the respondent without specifying the polling units, among the several reasons adduced for throwing out the petition.

The Supreme Court will hold a session to hear the appeal next week.

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