PEPC judgment: Atiku files Notice of Appeal at Supreme
Insists Petitions Court committed grave error, miscarried justice
By Solomon Onyilo
The presidential candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP),
Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, the presidential candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), has filed an appeal before the Supreme Court asking it to set aside the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Court which had upheld the election of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as winner of Nigeria's 2023 presidential election.
He predicated his Notice of Appeal on 35 grounds, insisting that the Court, in the judgment delivered by Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani, committed grave error and miscarried justice in its findings and conclusion in the petition challenging the declaration of Tinubu as President by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Notice of Appeal just filed by Atiku's lead counsel, Chief Chris Uche, SAN, is praying the Supreme Court to set aside all the findings and conclusions of the Tribunal on the grounds that they did not represent the true picture of the grounds of his petition.
Amongst others, the former Vice President maintained that the Tribunal erred in law when it failed to nullify the presidential election held on February 25, 2023 on the grounds of non-compliance with the Electoral Act, 2022, when by evidence before the tribunal, INEC conducted the election based on grave and gross misrepresentation contrary to the principles of the Electoral Act 2022, based on the “doctrine of legitimate expectation.”