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Nigeria Presidential Election Tribunal Rules in Favor of Bola Tinubu

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Nigeria Presidential Election Tribunal Rules in Favor of Bola Tinubu
The Nigeria presidential election tribunal is expected to uphold Bola Tinubu's victory in the February election. Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi challenged the results, citing irregularities and accusing the electoral body of breaching the law. If the tribunal rules in Tinubu's favor, the challengers can still appeal to the Supreme Court. Tinubu faces the challenging task of addressing economic issues and gaining public support for his reforms.

ABUJA (Reuters) - The Nigeria presidential election tribunal is set to deliver its ruling on Wednesday on whether Bola Tinubu should remain as president after two rivals, Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi, challenged his victory in the disputed vote held in February.

Previous Nigerian presidential elections have faced legal challenges, but those challenges have not been successful. Most political observers expect the tribunal to uphold Tinubu's win.

Atiku Abubakar of the People's Democratic Party and Peter Obi of the Labour Party filed a petition, seeking to invalidate the election results. They alleged irregularities and accused the electoral body of breaching the law by failing to utilize electronic machines to upload polling station results, among other criticisms.

The election tribunal, based in the capital city of Abuja, possesses the authority to cancel an election and order a fresh one, if deemed necessary.

If Tinubu's victory is upheld, Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi can still make a final appeal to the Supreme Court of Nigeria— the highest court in the country. The appeal process should conclude within 60 days following the tribunal's judgment.

As the military set up checkpoints on major roads leading into Abuja ahead of the ruling, commuters and vehicles faced random searches.

Currently in India for the G20 Summit, Tinubu has defended his victory, maintaining his focus on revitalizing the economy. His reforms include the removal of a popular but costly petrol subsidy and the abolition of currency controls.

Tinubu, a 71-year-old veteran, faces opposition from labor unions as he attempts to implement these reforms. The labor unions commenced a two-day strike on Tuesday, with an indefinite strike planned from September 21 onwards.

Anaemic growth, high unemployment rates, the highest inflation rate in two decades, record debt, widespread oil theft impacting government revenue, and widespread insecurity are all pressing issues inherited by Tinubu from his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari.

Addressing these pressing problems necessitates public support, which poses a challenge for Tinubu. In the February election, he garnered 8.79 million votes—the fewest ever received by a Nigerian president since the country's return to democracy in 1999. This limited level of support poses obstacles for Tinubu's efforts.

However, the ruling in the election tribunal will provide clarity on the contested election and pave the way for Tinubu's presidency to proceed. The verdict will be eagerly awaited by Nigerians and observers both within the country and internationally.

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