Atiku, PDP Lose At Supreme Court
An appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its 2019 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has been dismissed by the Supreme Court.
The appeal marked SC/815/2019, sought to reverse the decision by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, rejecting their (Atiku and PDP) request to inspect an alleged central server used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the last presidential election.
In a unanimous judgment on Tuesday, a five-man panel of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Datijo Mohammed, ruled that the appeal was a waste of time and without basis.
Reading the lead judgment, Justice Chima Nweze said: “I see no reason for departing from the reasoning of the lower court. I find that this appeal is without merit, and it is accordingly, dismissed.”
Other members of the panel are Justices Mohammed, Kumai Akaahs, Paul Galumje and Uwani Abba-Aji and they all agreed with the lead judgment.
Naija News recalls the Supreme Court earlier on Tuesday struck out another appeal filed by the PDP and Atiku against a decision taken by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
The presidential tribunal had ruled that Atiku and the PDP do not have a reply to an application filed on May 14, 2019 by the All Progressives Congress (APC) seeking among others, the dismissal of their (Atiku and the PDP) challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the last presidential election.
But the apex court struck out the appeal marked SC/739/2019 by Atiku and his team, ruling that it had become statute-barred.
Recall Atiku and the PDP are challenging the election victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC at the February 23 presidential election held in Nigeria.