Supreme Court Upholds Tinubu’s 2023 Presidential Victory

Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi's Appeals Dismissed

In a landmark decision, Nigeria’s Supreme Court has affirmed Bola Tinubu’s election as the president of Nigeria in the 2023 general elections. This decision comes after a series of legal challenges and appeals filed by major opponents, including Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party.

The crux of the contention revolved around allegations of certificate forgery against President Tinubu. The opposition presented evidence suggesting that the Nigerian leader had submitted a falsified certificate to run for office. However, the court’s seven-member panel dismissed this crucial evidence, stating that it was introduced too late to be accepted. The justices highlighted that supplemental evidence cannot be filed outside of 180 days post-election.

Supreme Court Upholds Tinubu'S 2023 Presidential Victory, Yours Truly, News, April 13, 2024

Furthermore, the court addressed the issue of whether a presidential candidate needs to secure at least 25% of votes in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to be declared the winner. The Supreme Court, in agreement with the Tribunal, ruled that voters in the FCT should be treated similarly to those in other states, thereby dismissing the argument that Tinubu did not meet this threshold.Supreme Court Upholds Tinubu'S 2023 Presidential Victory, Yours Truly, News, April 13, 2024

Another significant point of contention was the electronic transmission of election results. The opposition argued that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed to electronically transmit the results, which they believed should nullify the election. However, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of INEC, stating that the unavailability of electronic results verification (iREV) cannot be a ground for nullifying the election.

The court’s decision has been met with mixed reactions from the public and political analysts. While some view it as a triumph for democracy, others express concerns about the implications of the verdict, especially regarding the allegations of certificate forgery. Despite the court’s decision, the issue of the alleged forged certificate is likely to resurface if President Tinubu decides to seek re-election in 2027.

In related news, another opposition leader, Peter Obi, had earlier suggested that corruption within the judiciary could influence the court’s verdict. However, the Supreme Court’s decision appears to have settled the matter for now, with President Tinubu’s election firmly upheld.

This decision marks a significant moment in Nigeria’s political landscape, emphasizing the importance of the judiciary in upholding the democratic process. As the nation moves forward, it remains to be seen how this verdict will shape the political dynamics in the coming years.

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