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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar Rejects Tribunal Judgement

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar Rejects Tribunal Judgement

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has expressed his rejection of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal judgment that affirmed the victory of President Bola Tinubu in the February 25, 2023, presidential election. Atiku believes that the tribunal judgment failed to restore confidence and justice.

Addressing a world press conference at the PDP headquarters in Abuja, Atiku stated, ‘Though the judgment of yesterday is respected, it is a judgment I refused to accept. I refused to accept the judgment because I believe it is bereft of substantial justice.’

The tribunal dismissed the case of Atiku, who is the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, and his Labour Party counterpart, Peter Obi, and upheld the victory of Tinubu.

Both Atiku and Obi rejected the tribunal’s judgment and vowed to challenge it at the Supreme Court.

Kehinde Edun, the Legal Adviser to the Labour Party, stated their intention to challenge the tribunal’s judgment.

Atiku’s Lead Counsel, Chris Uche, SAN, also confirmed that they had received instructions from their client to file an appeal at the Supreme Court.

Uche stated,

‘The judgment has been delivered, but we have not received justice. Luckily, the law has given us leverage to go on appeal to the Supreme Court. We have instructions from our clients to go to the Supreme Court. The struggle continues.’

Atiku emphasized that while he was disappointed with the tribunal’s verdict, it would not destroy his confidence in the judiciary.

He affirmed his commitment to continue exploring legal avenues for respite and activated his constitutionally guaranteed rights of appeal to the Supreme Court of Nigeria.


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