Supreme Court Upholds Tinubu’s Election, Rejects Appeals by Atiku and Obi

The Supreme Court on Thursday confirmed the victory of President Bola Tinubu in the February 25, 2023 presidential election, rejecting the appeals of his main challengers, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP).

The seven-judge panel found no merit in the opposition claims of fraud, electoral law violations, and Tinubu’s ineligibility to run for president. The court upheld the lower court’s judgment of September 6, 2023 that affirmed Tinubu as the duly elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The court also dismissed the issue of double nomination of Vice-President Kashim Shettima by the LP, saying that it had already been resolved by the court on May 26. The court said that there must be an end to litigation and that it would not revisit the matter.

The opposition had also alleged that Tinubu submitted a forged certificate from the Chicago State University as a qualification to the election commission when he applied to run for president. However, the court did not entertain this allegation as it was not part of the original petitions filed by Obi and Atiku.

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