The Supreme Court, on Thursday, has affirmed President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the authentic winner of the presidential election that held in the country on February 25.
The court resolved all the seven issues canvassed by Atiku in his petition in favour of Tinubu while affirming the victory of the All Progressives Congress in the election as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC
Ruling on the motion, Justice John Okoro, held that a clinical look at the issues formulated by all the parties is the argument of whether the court as presently constituted has the power to grant the motion.
Okoro held that out of the seven issues distilled by Atiku for determination, none related or covered forgery, which the appellant is seeking to bring in.
“The Constitution does not permit that, and this court has no jurisdiction to grant the filing of fresh evidence that was not pleaded at the PEPC”.
The Supreme Court noted that Atiku did not even deem it fit to file for an amendment of his pleadings and for extension of time, since the 180 days allowed by the Constitution had elapsed since September 17, 2023.
In a verdict delivered on Thursday, the court ruled that the appeal filed by Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lacked merit.
“On the whole, it is my view that there is no merit in this appeal,” Justice Inyang Okoro said.
CREEBHILLS reported that Atiku had sought to overturn the judgment of the presidential election petition tribunal which affirmed Tinubu’s election as president.