Supreme Court Hears Appeals Against President Tinubu’s Victory

Key Political Figures Gather as Legal Proceedings Commence

The Supreme Court of Nigeria witnessed the convergence of several political heavyweights on October 25, 2023, as it began hearing appeals against the election victory of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Among those present were the All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje; Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila; and National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu. The acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Umar Damagum, was also spotted in the courtroom.

The legal challenges arise from the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM). These parties are seeking to nullify President Bola Tinubu’s victory in the February 25, 2023, presidential election.

The seven-member panel of the apex court, presided over by Justice John Okoro, is set to deliberate on the matter. Other esteemed justices on the panel include Uwani Abba-Aji, Mohammed Lawal Garba, Adamu Jauro, Ibrahim Saulawa, Tijani Abubakar, and Emmanuel Agim.

In addition to challenging the decision of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC), which confirmed Tinubu’s election, Atiku has also sought permission to present a copy of Tinubu’s academic records from Chicago State University (CSU), USA. Atiku alleges that these records indicate that Tinubu had provided a falsified CSU certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Furthermore, Atiku has initiated legal proceedings in a Washington, D.C. court, demanding the release of documents related to President Tinubu’s $460,000 forfeiture case by the FBI.

The Supreme Court had previously communicated the hearing date through notices dispatched to all involved parties. As the legal proceedings unfold, the nation watches with bated breath, awaiting the court’s judgment on this pivotal matter that could reshape the political landscape of Nigeria.

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