BREAKING: Presidential election tribunal update: Atiku, Obi reject court’s affirmation of Tinubu’s victory, to appeal judgment

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi, and his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, counterpart, Atiku Abubakar, have rejected the Wednesday, September 6, 2023, judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal affirming the victory of President Bola Tinubu.

The Legal Adviser to the Labour Party, Kehinde Edun, has vowed to challenge the judgment at the Supreme Court…..CONTINUE READING

In the same vein, Atiku’s Lead Counsel, Chris Uche, SAN, also said he had received instructions from his client to file an appeal at the Supreme Court.

He said “The judgment has been delivered but we have not received justice. Luckily, the law has given us leverage to go on appeal to the Supreme Court. We have instructions from our clients to go to the Supreme Court. The struggle continues.”

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The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal ruled that the petition filed by Atiku and Obi and their parties had no merit and unanimously upheld Tinubu’s electoral victory in the February 25, 2023, presidential election.

The five-member panel of the tribunal went ahead to dismiss the petitions presented by Atiku and Obi against the declaration of Tinubu as the winner of the presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on March 1, 2023.

Justice Haruna Tsammani, Chairman of the tribunal, delivered the judgment as he was assisted by other members of the panel which include Justice Stephen Adah, Justice Monsurat Bolaji-Yusuf, Justice Moses Ugo and Justice Abba Mohammed.

On Atiku’s petition, Tsammani stated, “This petition accordingly lacks merit. I affirm the return of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the duly elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The parties are to bear their cost.”⁣

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The National Legal Adviser of the LP, Edun, expressed disappointment with the judgment, stressing that the tribunal was unfair to reject 10 of their 13 witnesses, adding that the decision weakened their case.

Edun said, “We already had a premonition that this might happen. For example, where the court was saying the statements of some key witnesses should have been filed along with the petitions. How can that be? Subpoena is an order of court by which the court has compelled a witness to come and give evidence before or as of the time you are filing the petition.

‘’This is because I have not assumed jurisdiction, the tribunal has also not assumed jurisdiction. We are just filing. It is only after filing that the court assumes jurisdiction, not before. So how can you file a witness statement at the time of filing the petition? It is when the court signs the subpoena.”

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He explained, ‘’That subpoena is an invitation to the person indicating that the court has given him an order to come and give evidence. So, if the court has not ordered the person, how can he give any statement?

‘’This is why I said the judgment is so strange. And it is on the basis that they knocked out the evidence of 10 of our 13 witnesses, which inevitably weakened our case. It is a strange judgment…..CONTINUE READING

Edun while speaking on the next point of action for the party, said Supreme court will be the final arbiter.