Presidential Election Petition Tribunal Reserves Judgment on Atiku’s Petition Against Tinubu’s Victory
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja on Tuesday reserved judgment in the petition filed by the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abubakar Atiku, seeking nullification of the declaration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the February 25 presidential election.
The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Simon Tsammani, while reserving judgment, announced that the date of delivery would be communicated to the parties involved in the dispute.
Atiku, the major petitioner, urged the Tribunal to focus on substantial justice and avoid rendering a technical judgment that could pervert the course of justice. He insisted that Tinubu should be disqualified based on an American Court judgment where Tinubu was allegedly made to forfeit $460,000 on narcotics and money laundering-related offenses.
The final address of Atiku was presented by his lead counsel, Chief Chris Uche SAN.
However, counsel to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Lateef Fagbemi SAN, countered Atiku’s arguments, urging the Court to dismiss them on the ground that the purported judgment was delivered over 30 years ago.
President Tinubu, represented by legal luminary Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN, advocated for the dismissal of the petition, asserting that Atiku and the PDP’s grievances were primarily aimed at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
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The outcome of this judgment is highly anticipated, as it could have significant implications on the outcome of the presidential election and the country’s political landscape. As both parties await the decision, the public remains eager to see how the tribunal will address the legal arguments and evidence presented during the course of the proceedings.