The Nigeria Presidential Election Petition Tribunal will deliver its judgment on the petitions challenging the election of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 presidential election on Wednesday, September 6th, 2023. The three petitions were filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar; the Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi; and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).
The petitioners have alleged various irregularities and malpractices that they say affected the outcome of the election. The respondents, including Tinubu and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), have denied the allegations.
The tribunal is expected to consider the evidence presented by the parties and make a ruling on whether or not the election was conducted in accordance with the law. If the tribunal finds that there were irregularities, it could nullify the election and order a fresh one. However, if the tribunal finds that the election was conducted fairly, it will uphold Tinubu’s victory.
The judgment of the tribunal is expected to be closely watched by Nigerians and the international community. It will be a major test of the country’s electoral system and its ability to uphold the rule of law.
Here are some of the things that you can expect from the tribunal on September 6th:
- The judges will hear the final arguments from the petitioners and respondents.
- The judges will then retire to consider their judgment.
- The judgment is expected to be delivered in the afternoon.
- The judgment will be made public and will be available on the website of the Court of Appeal.
- The parties to the petition will have the right to appeal the judgment to the Supreme Court.
The outcome of the judgment is uncertain. However, it is important to note that the tribunal is an independent body and will make its decision based on the evidence presented to it. The judgment is therefore likely to be respected by all parties, regardless of the outcome.