In a significant legal development, Abubakar Atiku, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, has appealed against the verdict of the election petition tribunal, which upheld the election victory of President Bola Tinubu.
On Tuesday, Atiku, the former Vice President, submitted a comprehensive 35-point notice of appeal, contending that the Tribunal, presided over by Justice Haruna Tsammani, had “committed a grave error” in its judgment.
The Notice of Appeal, filed by Atiku’s lead counsel, Chris Uche, SAN, implores the Supreme Court to overturn the entire findings and conclusions of the Tribunal. The appeal argues that these findings did not accurately reflect the essence of his petition.
Among other issues, Atiku asserts that the Tribunal made a legal error by failing to annul the presidential election held on February 25, 2023. He argues that the election did not comply with the Electoral Act of 2022. According to the evidence presented to the Tribunal, the Independent National Electoral Commission conducted the election based on severe and substantial misrepresentation, which contradicted the principles outlined in the Electoral Act of 2022, grounded on the “doctrine of legitimate expectation.”