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Atiku, Obi challenge Tribunal ruling upholding Tinubu’s victory in Supreme Court

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In a pivotal turn of events, Nigeria’s two main opposition leaders have taken their case to the nation’s Supreme Court, contesting a tribunal’s recent ruling that upheld President Bola Tinubu’s contentious victory in the disputed February election.

This move marks a significant legal challenge in a country where presidential election outcomes have historically been impervious to legal contestation.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, representing the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and securing the second position in the election, has lodged a legal appeal asserting that the tribunal made a critical legal error by failing to nullify the presidential election based on non-compliance with electoral laws.

Meanwhile, Peter Obi of the Labour Party, who finished third in the presidential race, has also filed an appeal challenging the tribunal’s decision. A spokesperson for Obi’s campaign confirmed this development.

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Both opposition leaders had until Wednesday to initiate these challenges, and their cases will now await deliberation by Nigeria’s highest court, the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has a maximum of 60 days to make its ruling on these appeals.

The tribunal, comprised of five members, had previously dismissed Atiku and Obi’s challenge, where they had sought the annulment of the election, citing allegations of irregularities.

In response, President Tinubu, who is currently attending the United Nations meeting in New York, steadfastly defended the legitimacy of his victory, asserting that he emerged as the rightful winner through fair means.

This legal showdown sets the stage for a high-stakes battle in the Nigerian judicial arena, with the nation’s political landscape closely watching the outcome as it navigates the intricate terrain of electoral dispute resolution.

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