BREAKING: Supreme Court affirms Tinubu’s victory, dismisses Atiku, Obi’s petitions




The Supreme Court of Nigeria has affirmed the victory of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress. 

Justice John Okoro, giving his lead judgement, dismissed all seven petitions by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and his counterpart in the Labour Party, Peter Obi.

Justice Okoro threw out appeals to admit fresh evidence document in the suit, 25 per cent Federal Capital Territory votes and claim of irregularities during the February 25 presidential election.

The Supreme Court, therefore, upheld the judgement of the Presidential Election Petitions Court on Wednesday, September 6, which affirmed the election of President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

All justices Uwani Abba-Aji, Lawal Garba, Ibrahim Saulawa, Adamu Jauro, Abubakar Tijjani and Emmanuel Akomaye Agim unanimously adopted the led judgement read by Justice Inyang Okoro. 

Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and his counterpart of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, challenged the Tribunal judgement affirming Tinubu’s victory. 

Atiku and Obi had prayed the apex court set aside the September 6 judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, which dismissed their allegation that the election was rigged in favour of the ruling party.

The issues raised in the appeals include the eligibility of President Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima’s candidacy for the election.

The appellants also raised the issue of Mr Tinubu’s inability to secure 25 per cent of valid votes in Abuja during the polls.

They are also contesting INEC’s failure to electronically transmit polling unit results to its real-time Results Viewing (IReV) portal and allegations of vote manipulation in favour of Mr Tinubu.

Another petition was that Mr Tinubu’s academic records, which were obtained from the Chicago State University (CSU) in October by Atiku.

However, the Supreme dismissed all the petitions.