The hearing of the petitions challenging Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s declaration as President-elect has been fixed for Monday, May 8 by the Presidential Election Petitions Court.
The legal team of the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate Tinubu said the hearing is a pre-hearing session.
Also, the hearing is to clarify if there are any applications before the main hearing will start.
On March 1, Tinubu was declared the winner of the 2023 presidential election by the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu.
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Tinubu polled 8.8 million to defeat Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 6.9 million
Labour Party’s Peter Obi finished third with 6.1 million votes.
After Tinubu’s declaration, Atiku and Obi filed separate petitions seeking orders to annul the election.
Atiku urged the court to cancel the election and order a fresh election due to allegations of irregularities that marred the February 25 elections in many polling units.
The PDP argued that as of March 1 when Tinubu was declared the winner of the election, the entire results and accreditation data from polling units had not been transmitted and uploaded by INEC.
On their part, Labour alleged that the election was characterised by various irregularities including the non-qualification of Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima to contest the election.
Also, they alleged that the APC candidate did not win the majority of the lawful votes cast in the election, and just as he could not secure one-quarter of the lawful votes cast in the FCT.
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