Nigerian Tribunal Upholds President Tinubu's Election Win, Opposition Vows to Appeal

Innoventia Africa – A Nigerian tribunal on Wednesday dismissed petitions filed by the opposition challenging the legitimacy of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s victory in the February 25, 2023 presidential election.

The five-member panel of the court, led by Haruna Tsammani, ruled that the opposition parties had failed to provide sufficient evidence to support their claims of electoral fraud.

The opposition parties, including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party, and All Peoples Movement (APM), had alleged that there were widespread irregularities in the election, such as ballot box stuffing and vote buying.

However, the court found that the opposition parties had not presented any credible evidence to support these claims.

The court’s ruling was welcomed by Tinubu, who said it was a victory for democracy. He also called on the opposition to accept the ruling and move on.

The opposition parties, however, rejected the ruling and vowed to appeal it to the Supreme Court.

The 2023 Nigerian presidential election was one of the most closely contested in the country’s history. Tinubu won the election with 36.61% of the vote, while Atiku Abubakar of the PDP came in second with 28.65%.

The election was marred by allegations of fraud, and the opposition parties have been challenging the results since the election day.

The Supreme Court is expected to hear the appeal from the opposition parties within the next 60 days.

The ruling by the tribunal is a major setback for the opposition parties, but it is not yet the final word on the matter. The Supreme Court could overturn the ruling, or it could uphold it.

The outcome of the appeal will have a significant impact on the political landscape in Nigeria. If the Supreme Court upholds the ruling, Tinubu will remain in office and the opposition parties will have to accept the results. However, if the Supreme Court overturns the ruling, it could lead to a new election or a political crisis.

The fate of Nigeria’s democracy hangs in the balance as the Supreme Court prepares to hear the appeal from the opposition parties.

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