The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) in Abuja is preparing to deliver its judgment on three petitions seeking to nullify the election of President Bola Tinubu. Ahead of the judgment date, the Justice Haruna Tsammani-led five-member panel has directed all parties to appear and adopt their final briefs of argument tomorrow.
The petitions were filed by former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Alhaji Atiku, and Labour Party (LP) candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, challenging Tinubu’s election victory. Atiku and Obi claim they won the presidential poll and challenge Tinubu’s eligibility to contest.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the February 25 presidential election. However, the PEPC is now tasked with determining the validity of the election and the eligibility of the candidates.
The court has concluded its hearing of the petitions, and all respondents have urged the court to dismiss the petitions for lack of merit. President Tinubu maintains that he was validly elected, while Atiku and Obi present evidence of alleged inconsistencies in Tinubu’s background and qualifications.
As the judgment day approaches, Nigerians await the court’s decision on the contentious presidential election.