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Atiku Appeals Tribunal Judgement At Supreme Court

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The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Abubakar Atiku, on Tuesday, appealed the judgement of the election petition tribunal which upheld the victory of President Bola Tinubu. 

News About Nigeria recalled that the five-man tribunal panel led by Justice Haruna Tsammani on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, dismissed petitions of Atiku Abubakar of the PDP and that of his counterpart, Peter Obi of the Labour Party against Tinubu.

The court in its judgement, however, held that the petition of the duo against the President lacked merit.

The former Vice President in a 35-ground notice of appeal said that the tribunal in their judgment delivered by Justice Tsammani “committed a grave error.”

In the Notice of Appeal filed by Atiku’s lead counsel, Chris Uche, SAN, to the Supreme Court, Atiku stated 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 the evidence before them proved that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, conducted the election outside the provisions of the Law and Electoral Act 2022.

The former vice president also stated that the lower court erred in its interpretation of Section 134(2)(b) of the 1999 Constitution which borders on the 25% votes in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.

He also faulted the tribunal for striking out the statements made on oaths by all 13 witnesses they presented to the court.

Atiku, therefore, prayed the Court to set aside the whole findings he prayed the 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.

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