PEPC: Judge begins with fourth petition
Justice Haruna Tsammani began with the fourth petition (CA/PEPC/04/2023) between the Allied People’s Movement vs. the Independent National Electoral Commission and four others.
Listed as 1st to 5th respondents are: the Independent National Electoral Commission, All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, Kashim Shettima, and Kabiru Masari.
The petitions, marked: CA/PEPC/03/2023, CA/PEPC/05/2023 and CA/PEPC/04/2023, were lodged before the court by the candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi; a former Vice President and candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, as well as the Allied Peoples Movement, respectively.
INEC had, on March 1, announced that Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress won the presidential election that was held on February 25, ahead of 17 other candidates that participated in the contest. It declared that Tinubu scored a total of 8,794,726 votes to defeat the two major contenders, Atiku, of the PDP, who came second with a total of 6,984,520 votes, and Obi of the LP, who came third with a total of 6,101,533 votes.
Dissatisfied with the outcome of the election, both Atiku and Obi approached the court to invalidate it.