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Supreme Court Sets Date for Atiku and Obi’s Appeals Against Tinubu’s Election

by Ikem Emmanuel

The Supreme Court of Nigeria has set the date of October 23rd for the hearing of three appeals challenging the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Court, which upheld President Bola Tinubu’s election.

The appellants, including Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi of the Labour Party, and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), are seeking to nullify the decision of the presidential election court, which confirmed Mr. Tinubu’s victory on September 6th.

The panel that previously ruled on the case was led by Haruna Tsammani and consisted of five judges. They dismissed the petitioners’ suits, citing a lack of evidence to substantiate their claims of electoral fraud against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Mr. Tinubu.

In the upcoming Supreme Court hearing, a seven-member team will be responsible for adjudicating and determining the case. Atiku’s lead lawyer, Chris Uche, has based his appeal on 35 grounds, asserting that the presidential election court’s judgment resulted in a “grave error and miscarriage of justice.” He criticized the court’s use of “disparaging words” against Atiku, which he argued displayed bias.

Furthermore, Atiku has introduced fresh evidence regarding Mr. Tinubu’s academic records, obtained from Chicago State University in the United States. This issue, which was dismissed by the presidential election court, will be revisited in light of the new evidence.


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Peter Obi’s appeal, on the other hand, contains 51 grounds challenging the presidential election court’s judgment. Obi’s lawyer, Livy Uzoukwu, argues that the court reached incorrect conclusions and that the evaluation of Mr. Obi’s evidence was flawed. Uzoukwu questions the court’s dismissal of Mr. Obi’s witnesses’ statements on oath and highlights alleged miscarriages of justice in the court’s decisions.

The APM, in its suit, alleges improper nomination of Mr. Tinubu’s running mate, Vice President Kashim Shettima. Their appeal is based on ten grounds, and the party’s lawyer, Chukwuma-Machukwu-Ume, contends that the presidential election court’s verdict contained numerous errors in law.

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear these appeals, the political and legal landscape in Nigeria is experiencing increased tension and scrutiny. The outcomes of these cases will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the nation’s political future.

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