Supreme Court rejects Atiku’s appeal challenging Tinubu’s victory




The Supreme Court dismissed Atiku Abukabar’s petition of the Peoples Democratic Party, challenging the victory of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s victory.

Justice John Okoro disclosed this on Thursday while reading his verdict.

According to him, the appellant abandoned their duty to prove the non-compliance of 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.

He stated that IREV is not a collation system.

He added that elections are conducted at polling units, not the IREV portal, saying that where the IREV portal fails, it does not stop the collation of results.

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.

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.