- AtikuThe People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the presidential election held February 25, 2023, Atiku Abubakar, says the October 26, 2023 judgment of the Supreme Court has legalized fraud and lawlessness by the highest court in the land.
The former vice president said this on Monday during a press conference in the state capital, Abuja.
He said the then candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, was not qualified to contest the February 2023 presidential election.
Atiku said the Supreme Court ruling, while final, left much to be desired left over.
In its first reaction to the Supreme Court ruling, the party said the Supreme Court had failed Nigerians by confirming Tinubu as President of Nigeria.
Atiku and his Labor Party (LP) counterpart, Peter Obi, contested Tinubu’s victory in the recent Supreme Court elections.
Dissatisfied with the decision of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT), Atiku and Obi filed a petition with the Supreme Court in early September seeking the annulment of Tinubu’s election on the basis of double nomination, allegations of forgery and the Non-transmission of results requested electronically, 25% of votes in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), among others.
However, last Thursday, a bench of the Supreme Court presided over by Justice John Okoro dismissed all appeals by Atiku and Obi for lack of merit. The commission then confirmed Tinubu’s election victory.