Tinubu, APC lose battle to stop petition challenging presidential election




Attempt by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop the Allied People’s Movement (APM) in  its petition challenging his qualifications for the February 25, 2023 presidential election was on Monday rejected by the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC).

Tinubu through his lead counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN had sought to use a Supreme Court judgment delivered on May 26, 2023 to terminate the APM’S petition but the request was turned down.

The grouse of Tinubu was that the sole issue raised in the petition of the APM had been resolved by the Apex Court in the judgment in a suit filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

He sought to move  the Court to invoke the spirit and letters of the  Supreme Court judgment to halt hearing into the APM’S petition.

The Presiding Justice of the Court, Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani however disagreed with Tinubu and held that the party cannot be shut out in the face of fair hearing.

Justice Tsammani asked Tinubu to keep his objections against hearing of the petition to the final address stage of the Court’s proceedings.

Similar objections raised by APC through its counsel, Charles Edosomwen SAN  against the petition on the same ground was turned down by PEPC for the same reason.

Earlier, the APM through its lawyer, Mr Gideon Ijiagbonya had informed the Court of receipt of the Supreme Court judgment being sought to be used to terminate its petition.

The lawyer said that upon perusal of the judgment by the Supreme Court, he and his legal team came to the conclusion that there is life in petition and applied for its hearing.

He however sought for adjournment till June 26 to enable him obtain a vital document from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to establish his case.

Justice Tsammani in a brief ruling rejected a week long adjournment and fixed Wednesday June 21 for hearing of the petition.