Supreme Court has been urged by President Bola Tinubu to overlook the appeal by Atiku Abubakar to introduce new evidence against the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
It’s worth noting that Atiku had previously claimed that there were irregularities and misrepresentations in the academic credentials President Tinubu presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Atiku, the vice president of the past, also requested the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to mandate Chicago State University to disclose Tinubu’s academic details.
Upon receiving Tinubu’s documents, Atiku, who is also the 2023 presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is planning to present these documents to the Supreme Court as a part of his appeal against the judgment of the tribunal.
The PDP candidate appealed to the Supreme Court on September 18, 2023, though no date for hearing the appeal has been established yet.
Responding to the Saturday appeal, President Tinubu mentioned that the forgery of certificates wasn’t included in Abubakar’s initial petition to the tribunal.
He confirmed that the tribunal rightly removed several sections from the petitioner’s responses that tried to bring up new matters (including certificate forgery) that weren’t present in the original application.
The President declared that Atiku’s request, approved by the US Court, is unrelated to the ongoing appeal at the Supreme Court and is not a consequence of the record or the tribunal’s judgement.
Adding to this, Tinubu, the 2023 presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC), stated that the whole appeal is without foundation and should be dismissed.