The Supreme Court rejected appeals from Atiku and Obi, upholding Tinubu’s election victory.

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admin October 27, 2023
Updated 2023/10/27 at 9:14 AM

Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi’s appeals have been affirmed by the Supreme Court, supporting the decision made by the tribunal.

The lead judgment delivered by John Okoro, which dismissed Atiku Abubakar’s appeal and challenged the presidential petition tribunal’s judgment, was agreed upon by the other panel members. Additionally, they all supported Okoro in rejecting Atiku’s application to present Tinubu’s credentials obtained from the CSU.

The remaining justices on the panel, namely Uwani Aji, Mohammed Garba, Ibrahim Saulawa, Adamu Jauro, Abubakar Tijjani, and Emmanuel Agim, also endorsed the decision, with Salawa Ibrahim stating that Atiku’s application was frivolous and vexatious and should be dismissed.

Therefore, the Supreme Court adheres to the lower court’s decision.

Agim expressed his agreement with the fact that the fresh evidence lacked authenticity due to the absence of a seal or signature, as previously stated by the authority. He emphasized that without authentication, it cannot be used in Nigeria.

He supported his agreement by stating that the Fundamental principle of the interpretation of the Constitution was violated by the FCT, and it must be interpreted in a manner that ensures equality. He also believed that the parties involved should bear their own costs.

The court acknowledged that the issues raised by Obi had already been addressed in Atiku’s appeal.

Additionally, the court asserted that the issue of double nomination should not have been brought before them.

The rest of the justices on the panel expressed their agreement with the lead judgment.

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