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Tribunal Judgement on Nigeria’s 2023 Presidential Election: What to Expect

Today marks a pivotal moment in Nigeria’s political landscape as the Presidential Election Tribunal is set to deliver its judgement on the petitions filed against the 2023 presidential election results. The tribunal will address allegations of electoral misconduct and irregularities, with the eyes of Nigerians and the international community keenly focused on the outcome.


The tribunal began its sessions on May 8, 2023, and concluded hearings on July 5, 2023. Petitioners, including candidates from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP), and Allied Peoples, have challenged the legitimacy of President Bola Tinubu’s victory, declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on March 1, 2023.

Key Issues

The petitioners allege that INEC did not comply with the Electoral Act and claim that there were irregularities in the election. Specific issues raised include:

  • The electronic transmission of results
  • The double nomination of Vice President Kashim Shettima
  • The requirement for a candidate to secure 25 percent of votes in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)

Legal Arguments

Both sides have presented their final written addresses. The lead counsel for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) argues that the issues raised have already been judicially resolved in previous cases. On the other hand, the counsel for the PDP and LP allege deliberate manipulation and non-compliance by INEC.

Security Measures

In anticipation of the judgement, security has been tightened across the country. The court premises will be restricted, and only accredited individuals will be allowed entry. The judgement will also be broadcast live on national television.


The tribunal’s judgement could have far-reaching implications for Nigeria’s democracy and electoral integrity. According to the Electoral Act of 2022, the tribunal has 180 days from the date of the election to deliver its judgement.


As the nation awaits the tribunal judgement, there’s a palpable tension and expectation. The outcome could either affirm the electoral process or set a precedent for electoral reforms in Nigeria.

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