Presidential Election Court Begins Hearing On May 8
The Presidential Election Petitions Court has fixed Monday May 8 for the hearing of the petitions which challenged the declaration of Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the President-elect by the Independent National Electoral Council (INEC).
According to Tinubu’s legal team, monday’s hearing is a pre-hearing session to clarify if there are any applications before the main hearing will start. However, a timetable will be set for the hearing of the substantive matters. The court also stopped receiving replies from the petitioners on April 23.
Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of INEC, had 1 declared Bola Tinubu the President-Elect on the grounds that his party scored the majority of votes cast in the polls on March 1.
He had polled 8.8 million to defeat Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 6.9 million, Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) who amassed 6.1 million and 15 others.
Atiku and Obi disputed the results and filed separate petitions seeking orders to annul the election or declare them the winners of the polls.
The PDP presidential candidate, urged the court to cancel the election and order a fresh election due to alleged irregularities that marred the February 25 polls in thousands of polling units.
In other words, Atiku, having filed his suits on five grounds, asked the Presidential Election Tribunal to declare him the president-elect.
Additionally, Atiku alongside his party, PDP, said that as at when Tinubu was declared the winner of the election, the entire results and accreditation data from polling units had not been transmitted and uploaded as promised by INEC.
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi alleged that the election was filled with various irregularities which includes the non-qualification of Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima to contest the election.
He also alleged that Tinubu failed to win the majority of the lawful votes cast in the election, and just as he could not secure one-quarter of the lawful votes cast in Abuja, the FCT.
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