In the ongoing appeal of the judgment from the presidential election petition tribunal, the Supreme Court has ruled that it does not possess the authority to accept new evidence.
This case, registered as SC/2023 CA/PEPC/05/2023, revolves around the Appellants, Atiku and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), confronting the Respondents, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Appellants, dissatisfied with the decision detailed in paragraph 2 of the consolidated judgment of the Court of Appeal (functioning as the Presidential Election Petition Court), have brought their case to the Supreme Court. They have cited the grounds specified in paragraph 3 and are seeking the reliefs outlined in paragraph 4. The relevant portions of the consolidated judgment can be located within pages 487 to 752, along with the concurring contributions and rulings.
Previously, the Presidential Election Petition Court had rejected the petition submitted by the PDP and Atiku, challenging President Bola Tinubu’s election. The tribunal also ruled that the petition filed by Peter Obi of the Labour Party against Tinubu’s election lacked merit.