July 15, 2024

The Supreme Court’s seven-member panel has just rejected an appeal presented by former Vice President Abubakar Atiku and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), challenging the declaration of President Bola Tinubu as the victor of the February 25 presidential election.

This comes after the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) had, on September 6, 2023, dismissed Atiku and his party’s petition against Tinubu’s election, citing a lack of merit.

In response to this lower court decision, the Petitioners took their case to the Supreme Court, seeking to overturn the lower court’s judgment and nullify Tinubu’s election.

Justice John Inyang Okoro, who delivered the lead judgment, also dismissed the appellants’ interlocutory application to present new evidence in the case.

Justice Okoro reasoned that the apex court did not possess the necessary jurisdiction to grant the appellants’ request.

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