Next week Monday, the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal will begin hearing of the petitions challenging the declaration of Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as Nigeria’s President-elect.
This means the legal battle by candidates disputing the announced results of the 2023 presidential poll will commence May 8.
The date was confirmed by the National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress, Ahmad El-Marzuq.
According to El-Marzuq, the APC legal team has been briefed and is ready to defend the party’s mandate.
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, declared Tinubu the president-elect on March 1.
Tinubu polled 8.8 million votes to defeat Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who scored 6.9 million, Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP, who amassed 6.1 million and 15 others.
Atiku and Obi have since filed separate petitions seeking orders to annul the election or declare them as winners of the polls.