Supreme Court reserves judgment in appeal by Atiku, PDP

Atiku congratulates Tinubu
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The Supreme Court has reserved judgment in the appeal by Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the September 6 judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) which affirmed the victory of President Bola Tinubu in the last presidential election.

The NATION reports that a seven-member panel of the court, led by Justice John Okoro made the announcement after lawyers to parties adopted their briefs of argument and made final submissions.

The court also took arguments from lawyers to parties on the motion filed by the appellants to supply fresh evidence.

Appellants’ lawyer, Chris Uche (SAN) urged the court to grant the motion and allow their appeal, grant the prayers sought and disqualify Tinubu.

On their part, lawyers to the respondent’s – Abubakar Mahmoud, SAN (for the Independent National Electoral Commission), Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN (for Tinubu) and Chief Akin Olujinmi, SAN (for the All Progressives Congress) urged the court to dismiss both the motion and appeal for lacking in merit.

However, the court dismissed the appeal filed by the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) challenging the nomination of Kashim Shettima as the Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last presidential election.

Justice Okoro ruled that the appeal lacked any utilitarian value.