Five political parties and their candidates have challenged the results of the presidential election held on February 25, citing that the rules and electoral laws set by the Independent National Electoral Commission were not followed.
Today, the Presidential Petition Court will be presided over by Chief Registrar of the Court of Appeal, Haruna Tsammani, Justice Stephen Adah of the Court of Appeal’s Asaba division, Justice Misitura Bolaji-Yusuf of the Asaba Division, Justice Boloukuoromo Ugoh of the Kano division, and Justice Abba Mohammed of the Ibadan Court of Appeal.
They will oversee a petition filed by five political parties and their candidates who challenge the Presidential election results of February 25, citing non-compliance with electoral laws and rules set by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The panel of justices, consisting of five members and led by Justice Haruna Tsammani, the presiding justice of the PEPC, gave their assurance that justice would prevail before the court adjourned.
“We are determined to look at the matter dispassionately and give justice to whoever deserves justice,” Justice Tsammani stated.
“We will prioritize each case’s merits above minor details so that whoever leaves here will be satisfied that justice has been done,” said the presiding justice of the PEPC, Justice Haruna Tsammani. He cautioned parties against making irrational requests that would stall the legal process.
He stated that the fourth and fifth petitions “can take off tomorrow,” while the first three petitions will be reviewed during the pre-hearing today. Until the pre-hearing is through, the cases would be switched about. The Action Alliance Party and its presidential candidate Solomon Okanigbuan submitted them under CA/PEPC/01/2023; the Action People’s Party filed them under CA/PEPC/02/2023 as the lone petitioner; and the Labour Party filed them under CA/PEP/03/2023.