Tribunal Dismisses APP’s Petition Against Tinubu, APC
The Action Peoples Party (APP) has withdrawn its petition which challenged the declaration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the president-elect in the February 5, 2023 presidential election.
The independent National Electoral Commission declared Bola Tinubu as the winner of the election having polled total of 8,794,726 total votes to defeat his closest contender, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled a total of 6,984,520 votes.
Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) polled a total of 6,101,533 votes to secure the third position while Kwankwaso polled a total of 1,496,687 votes in the presidential election to secure the fourth position.
Obed Agu, the counsel of the party informed the court about the motion on notice dated and filed on the May 9, indicating the party’s intention to withdraw the suit number CA/PEPC/02/2023, pursuant to paragraph 29, sub-sections 1, 2, 3, 4 of schedule of election petition.
He called for an order of the court, to grant the withdrawal of the petition. The respondents in the matter did not object to the withdrawal.
”We commend the petitioner for the motion to strike out the petition and hope that more will still come,” the Respondents said.
However, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, Counsel to APC and and counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Abubakar Mahmoud, SAN, did not object to the withdrawal.
The Tribunal without further ado held that, “Having considered the application, we are satisfied that there was no collision on the part of the Respondents.
The petition was therefore dismissed from the court. “The petition is hereby dismissed, having been withdrawn,” the court held.
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