In an effort to unseat President Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party, and the Allied Peoples Movement, APM, have filed appeals with the Supreme Court. Hearings on these appeals will begin today (Monday).
According to Anaedoonline.ng, Atiku, Obi, and the APM each filed a separate appeal with the supreme court in an effort to have the results of the presidential election held on February 25 annulled after the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal confirmed Tinubu’s victory.
Last Thursday, the Supreme Court informed all parties of the hearing date via notices.
The tribunal’s decision had been criticised by Atiku and Obi, who then appealed it to the Supreme Court.
The PDP candidate also asked for permission to submit a copy of Tinubu’s academic transcripts, which he claimed demonstrated that Tinubu had submitted a forgery to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The transcripts were made public by Chicago State University, CSU, in the United States.
In addition, the ex-vice president is attempting to get a judge in Washington, D.C. to order the FBI to make records regarding President Tinubu’s $460,000 forfeiture case public.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, Tinubu had requested on October 13 that the Supreme Court disregard the academic transcripts from Chicago State University that Atiku Abubakar had attached.
According to the president, the development was unrelated to the country’s legal processes.
In his request that the Supreme Court not admit it, Tinubu said that the CSU discovery was not included in the evidence or the decision of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.
Atiku, according to President Tinubu, has a pattern of first submitting a petition and then looking for supporting documentation. He noted that the former vice president displayed this behaviour while contesting the tribunal’s ruling.
In his response to Atiku’s appeal, which was brought by his attorneys under the direction of Wole Olanipekun, SAN, the president stated that the PDP candidate had just made up the allegation that his credentials were questionable.
There are doubts over whether the supreme court will accept new evidence, according to Anaedoonline.ng.
Mathew Abakpa, a lawyer in Rivers State, stated that it is “legally possible” for the Supreme Court to accept Atiku’s new evidence.
The attorney simply stated: “It is legally possible for the Supreme Court to admit the fresh evidence and I believe it will be admitted but what the Supreme Court does with the fresh evidence thereafter is entirely different thing.” in a conversation with Newsmen on Sunday.
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