The Supreme Court has scheduled Thursday for the pronouncement of judgment on the appeals filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as well as the Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
The appeals challenge the ruling of the Court of Appeal, which upheld the victory of President Bola Tinubu in the February 25 presidential election.
The Supreme Court’s Director of Press and Information, Dr. Festus Akande, confirmed the fixed date of October 26 for the final judgment on the two contentious appeals, emphasizing the significance of the impending verdict.
In addition to contesting the decision of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) affirming Tinubu’s election, Atiku Abubakar sought permission to present a copy of Tinubu’s academic records from the Chicago State University (CSU), USA.
According to Abubakar, the records demonstrated that Tinubu submitted a forged CSU certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Furthermore, the former vice president pursued a legal recourse to compel a Washington, D.C. court to demand the release of documents related to President Tinubu’s $460,000 forfeiture case.
Conversely, the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, appealed to the Apex Court, seeking the annulment of the lower court’s ruling.
During the preceding sessions, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), the lead counsel to Obi and the Labour Party, urged the Supreme Court to grant the appeal and overturn the decision of the lower court.
On the opposing side, legal representatives for INEC, Tinubu, Vice President Kashim Shettima, and the All Progressives Congress (APC), namely Abubakar Mahmoud, Olanipekun, and Olujimi, requested the dismissal of the appeal on grounds of lacking merit.