The Supreme Court delivered its long-awaited decision, dismissing the appeal filed by Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), against the election of President Bola Tinubu. The seven-member panel found the appeal lacked merit, as they resolved all seven issues raised in favor of the respondents.
Justice John Okoro, who read the leading judgment, subsequently upheld the judgment of the presidential election tribunal from September 6, which affirmed Tinubu’s election as president.
“In summary, this appeal lacks merit and is hereby rejected. The lower court’s judgment is hereby affirmed,” Justice Okoro declared.
Prior to this, the apex court had rejected Atiku’s attempt to introduce new evidence to support his claim that Tinubu had forged the certificate submitted to INEC to qualify for the 2023 presidential election.