The Supreme Court has deferred its decision on the appeal lodged by Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging the September 6 judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) that upheld President Bola Tinubu’s victory in the recent presidential election.
The announcement was made by a seven-member panel of the court, presided over by Justice John Okoro, following the adoption of briefs of argument and final submissions by the parties’ legal representatives.
Additionally, the court heard arguments from the lawyers representing both sides concerning the motion filed by the appellants to introduce fresh evidence. Chris Uche (SAN), the appellants’ lawyer, urged the court to grant the motion, allow their appeal, fulfill the requested prayers, and disqualify Tinubu.
Conversely, lawyers representing the respondents, including Abubakar Mahmoud, SAN (for the Independent National Electoral Commission), Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN (for Tinubu), and Chief Akin Olujinmi, SAN (for the All Progressives Congress), urged the court to dismiss both the motion and appeal, asserting their lack of merit.
Following a brief recess, the court reconvened to hear the appeal filed by the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).