President Bola Tinubu has told the Supreme Court to strike out the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar’s appeal challenging the February 25 election.
Tinubu’s lawyers led by Wole Olanipekun (SAN) told the court that the appeal was an abuse of court process, adding that it has no merit.
Olanipekun said Atiku had only sought reliefs targeted at the president without canvassing issues that would benefit them in their final written address.
“The logical conclusion from this approbative and reprobative posture of the appellants is that deep down in their hearts, they are convinced that the respondent won the election, but have decided to embark on this voyage of abuse of court process.
“Everything put together or summarized, this appeal is a further demonstration of the abusive nature to which the appellants have subjected court processes. The Supreme Court is urged to dismiss it.”
Atiku had asked the Supreme Court to reject the judgment of the Presidential Election Petitions Court for being perverse in its conclusion, saying he did not fail to prove the allegations of irregularities, malpractices, non-compliance with the electoral laws and guidelines.
Also, the PDP candidate had filed fresh evidence alleging forgery of the academic diploma of Tinubu from the Chicago State University to assert that he was not qualified to contest the election under Section 137 of the Nigerian Constitution.