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Supreme Court Dismisses Atiku and Obi’s Appeals, Affirms Tinubu Duly Elected President

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The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the appeals filed by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) challenging the September 6 judgment of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.

In a unanimous judgement, a five-member panel of justices held that the appeals hold no merit.

Justice John Okoro who read the judgement, agreed with all the decisions made by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

On the issue of admittance of fresh evidence on the allegation of certificate forgery, the apex court dismissed and refused the introduction of fresh evidence by counsel to Atiku Abubakar.

The court while noting that Atiku’s lawyers were tardy and not diligent in obtaining the documents from Chicago State University, held that Atiku failed to convince the Supreme Court why he waited until the PEPC concluded the appellant’s suit.

Consequently, Justice Okoro held that the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction to accept fresh evidence on the issue of forgery against Bola Tinubu.

Justice Okoro while giving judgement on the issue of double nomination of Vice President Kashim Shettima, held that the issue having been dealt with previously by court and judgement delivered on 26 May, 2023, cannot be relitigated.

The court hence affirmed President Bola Tinubu as the duly elected president of Nigeria.


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