Supreme Court Rejects Fresh Evidence Against Tinubu

Atiku Abubakar 2011 President campaign Photo by www.mortenfauerby.dk ©mortenfauerby 2010 - all rights reserved

The Supreme Court is delivering judgment on the appeals filed to challenge the Presidential Election Tribunal Court’s (PEPC) verdict that upheld Bola Tinubu’s victory in the February 25 2023 election.

Peter Obi of the Labour (LP) and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) filed the appeals after the PEPC judgment.

Citing section 182 of the Electoral Ect, Justice Okoro says Atiku failed to apply to the court to amend his petition to bring fresh evidence against Tinubu.

Justice Okoro noted that Atiku’s attempt to introduce fresh evidence with a view to extend the time to adjudicate the case is unfortunate.

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Consequently, he said, since the Presidential Election Petition Court has no jurisdiction to entertain fresh evidence, the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction to accept fresh evidence.

He said it has to be noted that the 180 days imposed is immutable, and cannot be extended.

According to him, on this application, fresh evidence is not received as a matter of cause.