The Supreme Court docket of Nigeria confirmed the victory of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Thursday, bringing an finish to months of authorized battles that adopted the nation’s February presidential election. The seven-member court docket, in a unanimous resolution, rejected opposition claims of electoral fraud and breaches of electoral legal guidelines.
Tinubu was elected to his place in February when he claimed 37 % of the vote. Consequently, he narrowly edged out the Peoples Democratic Get together’s (PDP) Atiku Abubakar and Labour Get together’s (LP) Peter Obi. Abubakar and Obi then challenged the election outcomes on the grounds that the election fee didn’t digitally transmit outcomes from polling stations. Moreover, they argued that Tinubu had not obtained the required 25 % of the vote within the federal capital, Abuja, which they claimed disqualified him from the presidency.
The Supreme Court docket judges dismissed these arguments, nonetheless, asserting that the failure to transmit outcomes digitally didn’t have an effect on the general integrity of the election. Moreover, they upheld that Tinubu had certainly met the constitutional threshold by securing 25 % of the vote in two-thirds of all 36 states and Abuja mixed.
In response to the Supreme Court docket’s resolution, the LP expressed its rejection of the court docket’s verdict and referred to as on the worldwide neighborhood to defend democracy in Nigeria. Nationwide Chairman of the LP Julius Abure expressed disappointment concerning the final result, stating, “That is so unlucky for our democracy, and it’s much more for the individuals of Nigeria.”
Equally, the PDP voiced its dismay over the Supreme Court docket’s resolution. The occasion stated the choice was opposite to the provisions of the Nigerian Structure, the Electoral Act of 2022 and the rules and laws issued by the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) for the election. The PDP expressed its disappointment within the Supreme Court docket’s failure to uphold the rule of legislation and supply justice primarily based on the legal guidelines and information of the case.
Beforehand, in March, Abubakar censured the electoral course of, describing it as “neither free nor truthful” throughout a press convention. The EU Election Statement Mission additionally criticized the election for its lack of transparency and cases of interference and violence that hindered participation.