On Thursday, the Supreme Court will rule on the cases brought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar, and the Labour Party (LP) and its leader, Peter Obi, against the election of President Bola Tinubu in the February 25 presidential poll.
The court had listened to the submissions of the parties on Monday and said it would announce the date of its judgement later. On Wednesday, the court informed the parties that it had scheduled October 26 for the final decision.
Atiku and the PDP are asking the court to overturn the decision of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC), which affirmed Tinubu’s win on September 6. They also want to present new evidence to show that Tinubu submitted a fake certificate from Chicago State University (CSU) to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). They also demand that the court order the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to release documents on Tinubu’s $460,000 forfeiture case in Washington, D.C.
Obi and LP are also contesting the verdict of the PEPC, which threw out their petition for being incompetent and lacking merit. They are seeking that the court set aside the lower court’s ruling and declare them the winners of the presidential election.
The defendants in the cases are INEC, Tinubu, Vice President Kashim Shettima, and the All Progressives Congress (APC). They have asked the court to dismiss the cases for being frivolous and baseless.
The seven-member panel of justices, headed by Justice John Okoro, will give their verdicts on Thursday at 10 a.m. The outcome of the cases will determine the fate of Atiku, Obi, and Tinubu, as well as the political future of Nigeria.