2023 presidential election: Anxiety as 7 Supreme Court Justices decide Tinubu, Atiku, Obi’s fate  

 

After months of legal firepower at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) through to the  Supreme Court, the fate of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and that of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, will be determined today (Thursday) by the apex court.

The seven-man panel to determine where the pendulum swings are John Inyang Okoro, Uwani Musa Abba-Aji, Mohammed Lawal Garba, Ibrahim Saulawa, Adamu Jauro, Tijjani Abubakar and Emmanuel Agim, all Justices of Supreme Court.

This is as tension continues to mount, especially among supporters of the various political parties who are upbeat on the chances of their various candidates to get victory over the validity or otherwise of the February 25 poll.

Both Atiku and Obi are praying the apex court to set aside the judgment by the tribunal which upheld Tinubu’s election.

The petitions against Tinubu which were initially put at five, later thinned out to three, which ultimately got to the nation’s highest court.

The panel had last Monday dismissed the third of the appeal by the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), which the apex court described as academic exercise of no useful legal purpose.

Victory sure, says PDP

Sounding optimistic in an interview with Blueprint, the PDP Publicity Secretary in Kwara state, Sholyments Olusegun Olusola, said his party and presidential candidate would sing victory song at the end of it all.

He said: “Given the quantum of evidence advanced by our counsels joined with confessional statements from Chicago State University officials, Atiku Abubakar has presented a clear evidence that will be difficult for Supreme Court to set aside.

“Supreme Court is a policy court where technicalities are not expected to be used as instruments for decision making.”

But in a counter, the Kwara state coordinator of Kwara Agenda for Asiwaju (KWAGA), Hon Yinka Yusuf Erubu, expressed optimism that attempt by the PDP at overturning President Tinubu’s victory at the poll would be an exercise in futility.

“Both Atiku Abubakar of PDP and Peter Obi of Labour Party respectively do not have strong grounds of appeal. 

“Although I consider what they have done by coming to court as capable of deepening our democracy, I nevertheless have a strong belief that the judiciary will not entertain their appeals,” he said.

 APC set for jubilation

But the APC remains upbeat as revealed by a visit to the national secretariat of the party, located at 40, Blantyre Street, Wuse 11, Abuja, by one of our reporters.

It was observed that  the party leadership was  not only preparing to be in the courtroom, Blueprint gathered that members across the state of the Federation were as good as set to  troop out in jubilation if the judgement goes in their favour.

One of the party supporters who pleaded anonymity said several party support groups were expected in the city centre Thursday to join the victory dance if the Court judgement favours the APC.

The source said: “Our support groups have been mobilised and all party members are expecting not less than victory from the Supreme Court because this same matter was argued and decided in our favour by the Tribunal already. So, based on the evidences and precedence, victory is certain for the APC.”

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