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Thu, Sep 7, 2023 3:35 PM

Nigeria's Presidential Election Petitions Court Dismisses Petitions Challenging President Tinubu's Victory

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Nigeria's Presidential Election Petitions Court Dismisses Petitions Challenging President Tinubu's Victory
The Presidential Election Petitions Court in Nigeria has dismissed the petitions filed by three political parties challenging President Bola Tinubu's victory in the May 2023 presidential elections. The dismissed petitions were from the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with its flag bearer Atiku Abubakar, and the Labour Party (LP) with its presidential candidate Peter Obi. The court ruled that the petitions lacked merit and affirmed Tinubu as the duly elected president of Nigeria.

Nigeria's Presidential Election Petitions Court (PEPC) has delivered its judgment dismissing the petitions of three political parties and their flagbearers, who were challenging the victory of President Bola Tinubu in the May 2023 presidential elections. The dismissed petitions were brought by the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with its flagbearer Atiku Abubakar, and the Labour Party (LP) with its presidential candidate Peter Obi.

The PEPC panel, consisting of five justices led by Justice Haruna Tsammani, stated that the petitions lacked merit, thereby affirming the return of Bola Tinubu as the duly elected president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The court ruled that the parties should bear their own costs.

The proceedings of the 12-hour judgment were broadcast live on Nigerian television, allowing millions of people across the world to follow the verdict on their mobile devices.

The APM's petition was the first to be dismissed by the court, which ruled that it contained pre-election claims falling within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court. Justice Tsammani highlighted that the APM should have taken the matter to court within 14 days of Tinubu's nomination by the APC. He also noted that the Supreme Court had previously ruled that a political party does not have the right to challenge the nomination of another party.

Regarding the LP's petition, the court ruled that it was generic and cited the Independent National Electoral Commission's (INEC) liberty to decide the mode of transmission of election results during the 2023 presidential election. The court emphasized that INEC had the authority, in accordance with the Electoral Act 2022, to decide how the results were transmitted. As a result, the LP's petition was dismissed.

The court further explained that the Electoral Act 2022 did not provide for the electronic transmission of election results and that the only mandatory technological device for INEC was the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS). While acknowledging the existence of the INEC Results Viewing Portal (IReV), the court clarified that it was not a collation system and referred to a previous judgment that supported this interpretation.

Justice Tsammani also dismissed claims made in the LP's petition that Tinubu had been convicted for money laundering in the United States. The court declared that there was no record of criminal arrest or conviction against Tinubu and that he was not disqualified from contesting the presidency as per the provisions of Section 137 of the Nigerian Constitution.

The judgment of the PEPC reflects the court's determination to uphold the legal processes and requirements regarding election petitions. With these petitions dismissed, President Bola Tinubu's victory in the 2023 presidential elections has been officially confirmed, solidifying his position as the president of Nigeria.

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