The Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 25 poll, Atiku Abubakar, has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court, seeking the nullification of the judgment of the Presidential Election Petitions Court which upheld the victory of President Bola Tinubu.
In the notice of appeal established on 35 grounds, Atiku described the judgment delivered by Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani as a miscarriage of justice and grave error in its findings and conclusion in the petition challenging the declaration of Tinubu as President by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Chief Chris Uche, Atiku’s lead counsel, in the notice of appeal filed on Tuesday, asked the apex court to reverse the whole findings and conclusions of the Tribunal on the grounds that it did not represent the true picture of the grounds of his petition.
Atiku maintained that the tribunal erred in law when it failed to nullify the presidential election held on February 25, 2023, on the grounds of non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2022, when by evidence before the Tribunal, INEC conducted the election based on grave and gross misrepresentation, contrary to the principles of the Electoral Act 2022, based on the doctrine of legitimate expectation.
Persecondnews earlier reported that the tribunal delivered a 12-hour marathon judgement on Wednesday, throwing out the petitions of the Allied People’s Movement (APM), PDP and its flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar as well as that of the LP and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
The five-man panel led by Justice Haruna Tsammani not only dismissed the consolidated petitions of the PDP, the APM, and the LP, but it also clearly affirmed the victory of Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State.
“This petition accordingly lacks merit. I affirm the return of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the duly elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Justice Tsammani said.
The tribunal also awarded costs against the petitioners running to millions of Naira.