Yesterday, after a 12-hour hearing, the Presidential Election Petitions Court ruled against the petitions filed by the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and the Labour Party (LP), and their candidate, Peter Obi.
According to Channels TV, the Tribunal has denied all three petitions challenging All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate President Bola Tinubu’s February 25, 2023 election victory.
Former Lagos State governor and member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bola Tinubu was declared the winner of the presidential election by a five-member panel led by Justice Haruna Tsammani.
Therefore, this petition is without merit,” Justice Tsammani ruled. As President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I hereby confirm Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s reelection. Each party is responsible for their own expenses.”
The long-awaited verdict was handed down by the Tribunal at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, with the entire proceeding being broadcast live on television from 9 a.m. until minutes after 9 p.m.
Vice President Kashim Shettima of the APC, Chief of Staff Femi Gbajabiamila, and LP’s Julius Abure were among the many prominent figures in attendance at the proceeding led by Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
It is noteworthy that Obi and Atiku, who had previously attended Tribunal hearings as observers, were not present in court yesterday. Tinubu, who was in India for the G-20 summit, was also absent from court.
The APM’s petitions were ruled on first, then the LP’s, and finally the PDP’s.