Atiku Heads To Supreme Court, Seeks nullification of Tribunal’s judgment
By Salihu Ali, Abuja
The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has approached the Supreme Court to nullify the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC.
The PEPC had on September 6, upheld the declaration of President Bola Tinubu as winner of the 2023 presidential election.
Atiku in the Notice of Appeal predicated on 35 grounds, and insisted that the tribunal in the judgment delivered by Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani committed grave error and miscarriage of justice in its findings and conclusion in the petition challenging the declaration of Tinubu as President by the Nigeria’s Electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.
The Notice of Appeal filed on Tuesday, by Atiku’s lead counsel, Chief Chris Uche, SAN is praying the Supreme Court to set aside the whole findings and conclusions of the Tribunal on the grounds that they did not represent the true picture of the grounds of his petition.
Amongst others, the former Vice President maintained that, the Tribunal erred in law when it failed to nullify the presidential election held on February 25, 2023 on the grounds of non-compliance with the Electoral Act, 2022, when by evidence before the tribunal, indicates that, INEC conducted the election based on grave and gross misrepresentation contrary to the principles of the Electoral Act 2022, based on the “doctrine of legitimate expectation”.
Recalled that, Nigeria’s Election Petition Court had on September 6th, affirmed the election of President Bola Tinubu and his Vice Kashim Shetima in the February 25 Presidential elections.
The court dismissed the three petitions for lack of merit.
The three petitions were instituted by Presidential candidates of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, his counterpart of Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi and the petition by Allied People’s Movement APM.