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Supreme Court Hearing into 2023 Presidential Election Begins Today

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The Supreme Court hearing of the appeals challenging the electoral victory of President Bola Tinubu will start on Monday.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP) are challenging INEC’s declaration of Tinubu as the winner of the 25 February poll.

The PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, argue that Tinubu was unqualified to run for president and did not win the vote.

The LP and its candidate, Peter Obi, say the presidential election was fraught with irregularities and malpractices, including alleged over-voting in polling units in 13 states.

They also claim Tinubu was unqualified to run and did not meet the requirements to be declared Nigeria’s president.

Both opposition parties lost their cases at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.

The tribunal ruled that they failed to prove their allegations.

But Atiku’s legal team contends that the panel of justices committed “grave errors” and “miscarried justice” in its findings and conclusion, just as Obi’s counsel accuses the electoral umpire of refusing to produce the election materials they applied for at the tribunal “despite the service of subpoenas.”

The Allied Peoples Movement (APM) also wants the Supreme Court to nullify Tinubu’s election because his running mate, Kashim Shettima, was invalidly nominated.

The Supreme Court will take the final decision on the matter, being Nigeria’s apex court.


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