Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has taken a resolute stance to challenge the election victory of President Bola Tinubu. On Tuesday, he submitted a comprehensive appeal comprising 35 grounds to the Supreme Court.
Leading this legal effort is Chief Chris Uche, SAN, and Atiku aims to overturn the verdict issued by the Court of Appeal on September 6, which confirmed Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the legitimate winner of the February 25 presidential election.
Atiku’s argument before the Supreme Court asserts that the ruling of the Justice Haruna Tsammani-led five-member panel of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) was not only flawed but also resulted in a significant miscarriage of justice. He contends that the PEPC panel made a legal error by failing to annul the presidential election due to non-compliance with the Electoral Act of 2022. Atiku emphasizes that the evidence presented clearly demonstrated that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had violated established election laws and regulations.
Furthermore, Atiku accuses the PEPC of arriving at a unanimous decision based on a distorted interpretation and misrepresentation of provisions within the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the Electoral Act of 2022.
The stage is set for a legal battle of significance, and more details on this case will be forthcoming.