Nigeria’s predominant opposition candidate on this 12 months’s presidential election appealed a ruling that upheld President Bola Tinubu’s victory and requested the nation’s Supreme Courtroom to declare him the winner as a substitute
ByCHINEDU ASADU Related Press
September 19, 2023, 12:39 PM
ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria’s predominant opposition candidate on this 12 months’s presidential election appealed a ruling that upheld President Bola Tinubu’s victory and requested the nation’s Supreme Courtroom to declare him the winner as a substitute, based on paperwork seen by The Related Press on Tuesday.
Within the paperwork filed, the Peoples Democratic Occasion’s Atiku Abubakar, who got here second within the election, mentioned the appeals courtroom which dismissed challenges in opposition to Tinubu’s election victory this month “erred in legislation” by not supporting claims of illegality.
The enchantment is the primary of three anticipated from the opposing candidates difficult the election of Tinubu who’s attending this 12 months’s United Nations Basic Meeting as a first-time president. Observers mentioned although the conduct of the election was an enchancment from earlier ones, delays in importing and saying the outcomes may need given room for poll tampering.
Abubakar mentioned Nigeria’s election fee didn’t comply with the due course of in saying the winner and that Tinubu was not certified to contest for president, citing allegations of twin citizenship and of a legal indictment in america, all of which the Nigerian chief has denied.
His 42-page discover of enchantment urged the Supreme Courtroom to rule that declaring Tinubu because the winner of the presidential election is “illegal, wrongful, unconstitutional, null and void and of no impact in any respect … having not happy the (authorized) necessities” to win. The courtroom ought to both declare him the winner or direct the election fee to conduct a recent vote, Abubakar requested.
The date to listen to the enchantment is but to be introduced.
None of Nigeria’s presidential elections since its return to democracy in 1999 has ever been nullified.
Analysts mentioned this 12 months’s election is totally different given the adoption of the newly amended electoral legislation that launched the usage of know-how to make the method extra clear.