Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s , PDP, nominee for president on February 25, 2023, claims that while the Supreme Court’s October 26, 2023 decision is final, it still leaves a lot to be desired.
This was said by the former vice president on Monday in Abuja, the country’s capital, during a press conference.
He maintained that Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress , APC, candidate at the time, was unfit to run in the presidential election in February 2023.
He claimed that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the Supreme Court encouraged perjury, identity theft, impersonation, certificate forgery, and illegality.
Atiku claimed that democracy is on life support when people stop believing in the electoral process.
In its first response to the ruling of the Supreme Court, the party claimed that by upholding Tinubu’s legitimacy as Nigeria’s president, the Court had betrayed the people of Nigeria.
Atiku and Peter Obi, the leader of the Labour Party, LP , had appealed Tinubu’s election victory all the way to the Supreme Court.
Atiku and Obi, dissatisfied with the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal’s ,PEPT, ruling from earlier in September, petitioned the Supreme Court to declare Tinubu’s election invalid for a number of reasons, including double nomination, suspected certificate forgery, failure to transmit results electronically, and 25% of votes cast in the Federal Capital Territory , FCT .
But last Thursday, the panel of the supreme court led by Justice John Okoro dismissed all of Atiku and Obi’s appeals due to their lack of merit. The panel then confirmed Tinubu’s election victory.
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