The Supreme Court has thrown out Atiku Abukabar’s petition to admit fresh evidence against President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s victory.
Justice John Okoro disclosed that the petition lacks jurisdiction.
“The Supreme court found as ridiculous the submission of Atiku Counsel that the 180-day rule does not apply to court of appeal sitting on the presidential election petition”.
Newssphere had reported that the Supreme Court had commenced the pronouncement of Judgment on the appeal filed by Atiku Abubakr of the Peoples Democratic Party and his counterpart of the Labour Party, Peter Obi.
Justice John Okoro led the apex court 7-member panel.
The fresh evidence Atiku sought to tender was the academic records of Tinubu, which were handed over to him by the Chicago State University (CSU) on October 2
Recalls that Atiku, Obi had approached the Supreme Court challenging the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s declaration that Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, was the valid winner of the presidential election held on February 25.
They are praying 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.
Aside from challenging President Tinubu’s eligibility to participate in the contest, both Atiku, who came second, and Obi, who came third, maintained that he (Tinubu) did not secure the majority of valid votes that were cast during the election to be declared the winner.