The Supreme Court of Nigeria, today, October 30, 2019 ended the presidential ambition of the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the February 23 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as the apex court rejected his appeal and that of his party for lack of merit.
Atiku’s complaint emanating from the court below, the Court of Appeal’s decision affirming the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, as the winner of the said election, got a further shocker when the highest court in the land extended his agony by throwing away through the judicial window his well-packaged appeal, and confirmed the verdict of the court below.
At the hearing on Wednesday, October 30, a seven-man panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, ruled that the appeal lacked merit. “The Appeal is hereby dismissed,” he said, adding that the Supreme Court had been reviewing the case for the past two weeks.
The panel said it would give details concerning why the appeal was dismissed on a later date.
Before its final judgement, the Supreme Court had stood down the hearing of the appeal to allow Atiku’s counsel, Levy Uzokwu (SAN), conclude on the procedure of the hearing.