A seven-member panel of the Supreme Court is set to hear appeals by Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi today, challenging the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Court that upheld the election of President Bola Tinubu.
The panel, whose members have not been revealed yet, will consider the appeals brought by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi of the Labour Party, and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), contesting the election of President Tinubu from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Previously, the Presidential Election Petition Court, headed by Haruna Tsammani, ruled against Atiku and Obi, finding their claims of widespread electoral malpractices unsubstantiated. The court also dismissed the petition from the APM for lacking merit. In response, Atiku, Obi, and the APM filed separate appeals to challenge the court’s decision.
The appeals raise various issues, including President Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima’s eligibility for the election. They also question President Tinubu’s failure to secure 25 percent of valid votes in Abuja, INEC’s alleged failure to electronically transmit polling unit results in real-time, and claims of vote manipulation in favor of President Tinubu.
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Another significant point of contention is President Tinubu’s academic records, which Atiku obtained from the Chicago State University and submitted to the court for scrutiny.
President Tinubu’s lead lawyer, Wole Olanipekun, has countered these appeals, arguing that they lack substance.
The outcome of these appeals will be closely watched as they have the potential to impact the political landscape in Nigeria. The Supreme Court’s decision will be crucial in determining the final verdict on the contested presidential election.
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