Atiku, Obi Vs Tinubu: Supreme Court Delivers Judgment October 26

Supreme Court has concluded arrangement to deliver judgement on the appeals filed by the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Abubakar Atiku and Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi on Thursday, October 26.
The duo are challenging the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) which dismissed their petitions on the outcome of the February 25 presidential election and affirmed Bola Tinubu as the duly elected President.
Director of Information at the Supreme Court, Mr Festus Akande confirmed the upcoming judgement to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.
The apex court had on Monday, October 23, reserved judgment after hearing the appeals of Obi and Atiku challenging the judgment of the PEPC that affirmed President Tinubu’s victory.
Recall that PEPC had on September 6, dismissed Atiku and Obi’s petitions for lacking in merit and affirmed the election of President Bola Tinubu.
Irked by the judgment, the duo approached the Supreme Court asking it to overturn the judgment of the lower court in their favour.
Although both petitions were consolidated, they were heard separately.
In Atiku’s notice of appeal predicated on 35 grounds, he informed the apex court that the PEPC erred on the side of law in the judgment delivered by the Chairman of the panel, Justice Haruna Tsammani.
Atiku, through his lead counsel, Mr Chris Uche, SAN told the court that the judgment of the PEPC was a miscarriage of justice.
He argued that the lower court also erred in law when it failed to nullify the presidential election held on February 25, on the grounds of non-compliance with the Electoral Act, 2022.
The PDP presidential candidate hinted that by the evidence before the court, INEC conducted the election based on grave and gross misrepresentation contrary to the principles of the Electoral Act 2022, and doctrine of legitimate expectation.
Specifically, Atiku asked the Supreme Court to set aside the entire findings and conclusion of the PEPC on the grounds that it failed to represent the true picture of the his petition.
Also, Obi through his lead counsel Mr Levi Uzoukwu, SAN also prayed the apex court to set aside the judgment of the PEPC that dismissed his petition.
Uzoukwu informed the court to allow the appeal of his client and grant all the prayers sought.
Counsels to the respondents, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), President Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) urged the court to dismiss the appeals for want of merit and for being frivolous.
Specifically, President Tinubu’s lawyer, Mr Wole Olanipekun, SAN described the appeals as lacking in merit .
Olanipekun told the court that the appeal filed by Atiku was abusive in nature and urged the court to dismiss the appeal.

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