Consolidating petitions against Tinubu at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal

The Presidential Election Petition Court, which is situated in Abuja, has made public the three separate petitions that aim to annul the outcome of the 2023 presidential election.Continue Reading>>>

Therefore, the court said when it started its deliberations on Saturday 20th May that it has the power under Article 50 of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act to consolidate all of the petitions and resolve them all at once.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s PDP presidential candidate and Chief Chris Uche, SAN, requested the court for extra time so that his client may consult with him. “My lords, while we won’t deny looking at it, it may warrant discussion with the other petitions. Since marriage is a union between two willing parties, “we ask for a stand down or an adjournment so that we can explore the modalities,” said Uche, SAN.Continue Reading>>>

 

On their end, the Independent National Electoral Commission, or INEC, backed the suggested petition aggregation. I feel that the provision has to be observed, my lords. A petition to invalidate an election or return that is the subject of two or more petitions must be consolidated unless the court directs otherwise. Mr.

Abubakar Mahmood, SAN, the lead counsel for INEC, said in court, “We are happywith the provision of the law and we are also happy with whatever position your lordships will take concerning this matter.”

On behalf of Senator Kashim Shettima, the vice president-elect, and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the president-elect, Mr. Roland Otaru, SAN, indicated he would need more time to confer. “My lords, I will need to consult Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, who is the lead counsel in this matter,” he beseeched.

The Justice Haruna Tsammani-presiding five-member panel was then adjourned to Monday so that the parties may report the outcomes of their deliberations over whether to merge all of the petitions.

You may recall that on March 1, INEC announced that Tinubu of the APC had won the presidential election, defeating the other 17 contenders. With a total of 8,794,726 votes, Tinubu defeated Atiku of the PDP, who earned 6,984,520 votes, and Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP, who ended in third place with 6,101,533 votes.

But the outcomes of the election have upset them. Atiku and Obi both submitted legal motions claiming they had won the election. They maintained that Tinubu was not legally elected despite receiving the majority of valid votes cast during the election. The petitioners sought INEC to take away the President-elect’s Certificate of Return in addition to asking that the President-elect be disqualified owing to an alleged drug-related accusation in the United States of America, USA.

Atiku’s joint petition with the PDP was classified as CA/PEPC/05/2023, but Obi and the LP’s joint petition was recorded as CA/PEPC/03/2023. However, the Allied Peoples Movement, or APM, has another appeal that is still pending before the court in addition to Atiku and Obi. Mr. Ibrahim Masari was first chosen by the All Progressives Congress, or APC, to be their vice presidential candidate. According to the APM’s appeal with the file number CA/PEPC/04/2023, Tinubu’s candidacy was deemed illegal when Masari withdrew his nomination under Sections 131(c) and 142 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

The party claimed that a gap of almost three weeks existed between the time Tinubu reportedly replaced Masari with Senator Kashim Shettima and the moment Masari, who was named as the petition’s fifth respondent, announced his decision to resign. Additionally, when Tinubu selected Shettima to replace Masari, it was thought that his campaign was over.

The Action Alliance, or AA, dropped its case on May 8 and the Action Peoples Party, or APP, did the same by stopping any further proceedings on its petition two days later. Although there were originally five petitions filed to question the proclamation of Tinubu as the election’s winner, the petitions have since been withdrawn.

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