Atiku vs Buhari: Supreme Court discloses names of judges to hear appeal proceedings

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Atiku vs Buhari: Supreme Court discloses names of judges to hear appeal proceedings

Justice Tanko Mohammed, Nigeria’s Chief Justice (CJN) was confirmed on Wednesday as the chief of the Supreme Court’s five other judges hearing six appeals in the case filed by the PDP and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the February 23 election.

Bode Viviour, Olukayode Ariowola, Amiru Sanusi, Ejembi Eko and Uwani Aba-Aji are the other judges.

NAIJATEEM notes that Atiku and his party jointly lodged an appeal before the apex court to contest the decision of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal of Justice Mohammed Garba on 11 September 2019.

Atiku vs Buhari: Supreme Court discloses names of judges to hear appeal proceedings

Atiku vs Buhari: Supreme Court discloses names of judges to hear appeal proceedings

The judgment of the tribunal, which dissatisfied Atiku and his party, had rejected their petition challenging the outcome of the Feb. 23, 2019 poll.

The petitioners subsequently filed 66 grounds of appeal before the Supreme Court on Sept. 23 in order to challenge the tribunal’s judgment.

They argued that the presidential election tribunal committee erred in law “because they relied on ‘ the general interest of justice ‘ to argue that the testimony of the 2nd Respondent’s Exhibits R1 to R26, P85, and P86 were properly admitted.”

PDP also alleged among other reasons that the tribunal erred in law “when they held thus: “My firm view is that Section 76 of the Electoral Act is clearly inapplicable to the issues under consideration. The form referred to are the form to be used in the conduct of the election as FORM CF001 had been taken care of in Section 31 of the Electoral Act and the said FORM CF001 is tied to the steps laid down in the said Section 31 of the Electoral Act.

 

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