The Supreme Court’s seven-member panel that will hear the appeals filed by three presidential candidates disputing President Bola Tinunu’s victory in the February 25 presidential election has been formed.
The petitions were brought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Chichi Ojei.
The composition of the panel of justices was revealed in papers signed by Zainab M. Garba in the Registrar’s office, according to report.
Justices Musa Dattijo Muhammad, Uwani Musa Abba Aji, Lawal Garba, Helen M. Ogunwumiju, I.N. Saulawa, and Tijjani Abubakar and Emmanuel Agim. are among those on the panel that will hear the appeals.
The notices for the hearing are deemed appropriately served on the parties under Order 2 Rule 1(2) of the Supreme Court’s Rules 1985, as amended.
In his appeal, Atiku argued that the Presidential Election Petitions Court erred in dismissing his petition because the petitioners failed to prove allegations of irregularities in the presidential election, the 25% requirement in the FCT, the $60,000 forfeiture, and the failure of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to transmit results from polling units to the IREV using BVAS as provided in its laws and guidelines.
In the application filed by his counsel, Chris Uche (SAN), Atiku also requested leave to file Tinubu’s academic records, which he alleged were forged.
Obi, for his side, claims that the tribunal’s refusal to accept the distorted results from his 18,088 polling locations was a miscarriage of justice.
While Ojei of the APM contends in her appeal that Tinubu and his deputy, Kashim Shettima, were disqualified due to illegal nomination for the offices.
Tinubu, through his counsel, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), asked the court in his responses to the appeals to rule that Atiku’s plea was an abuse of the court process and lacked merit.
Tinubu, through his counsel, also branded Obi’s appeal as a jamboree and devoid of merit.
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