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Opposition Leader to Appeal Nigerian Presidential Election Result

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Opposition Leader to Appeal Nigerian Presidential Election Result
The opposition leader of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has announced that he will appeal the verdict of a lower court that upheld President Bola Tinubu's victory in the fiercely contested presidential election. Abubakar believes that the court ruling lacks substantial justice and has instructed his lawyers to activate his constitutional right of appeal at the Supreme Court of Nigeria. The opposition leader's decision comes after a five-judge panel rejected the challenges brought by Abubakar and Peter Obi, the leader of the Labour Party, regarding alleged irregularities in the election.

Lagos, 7 Sep (EFE) - The main opposition leader of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, announced today that he will appeal the verdict of a lower court that on Wednesday validated President Bola Tinubu's triumph in the elections held on 25 February, the most fiercely contested in the African country.

"Although I respect yesterday's ruling, it is a ruling that I refuse to accept. I refuse to accept the judgment because I believe it lacks substantial justice," said Abubakar, of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), at a press conference in the capital, Abuja.

"Consequently, I have instructed my lawyers to activate my constitutionally guaranteed right of appeal to the higher court, which in this case is the Supreme Court of Nigeria," emphasized the opposition leader and former vice president of the country.

A Nigerian court composed of five judges confirmed Tinubu's victory on Wednesday after rejecting the challenges brought by his two main rivals, Abubakar and Peter Obi, the leader of the Labour Party (LP), on allegations of irregularities.

The Election Petitions Tribunal, based in Abuja, responded to the demands of Abubakar and Obi, who finished in second and third place in the recent elections with 29% and 25% of the votes, respectively.

The Legal Adviser of the Labour Party, Kehinde Edun, also promised to appeal the judgment at the Supreme Court.

Abubakar and Obi rejected the election results, citing, among other arguments, the failure to complete electronic transmission of votes from polling stations, which the electoral commission attributed to technical problems.

The European Union election observation mission stated that the elections "exposed systemic weaknesses" and emphasized "the need for further legal and operational reforms to enhance transparency, inclusiveness, and accountability."

Tinubu, who was sworn in as president on 29 May despite the allegations made by his rivals, won the elections with 36% of the vote, according to the electoral commission.

The Election Petitions Tribunal has the power to cancel election results, confirm victory for another candidate, or order a rerun of the elections.

Although numerous presidential candidates have filed lawsuits against their defeats since Nigeria's return to democracy in 1999, this court has never ruled in their favor.

Tinubu, 71, of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), "welcomed the verdict of the court" and called for "collective efforts to build the nation," according to a statement released by the Presidency.

Despite the opposition's complaints, Tinubu has been accepted by the international community and was in India during the court hearing to attend the G20 summit (group of developed and emerging countries).

The president succeeded 80-year-old Muhammadu Buhari, who was unable to run for re-election after serving the maximum two terms allowed by the Constitution.

Nigeria is Africa's most populous country (with over 213 million inhabitants) and the largest oil producer, as well as the continent's biggest economy.

However, the country faces challenges such as increasing insecurity in some parts of the country, with frequent attacks by criminal gangs kidnapping civilians for lucrative ransoms, as well as jihadist groups and separatist rebels.

Tinubu also has to address economic problems such as the devaluation of the naira, soaring inflation, high unemployment, and enormous social inequalities. EFE.

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