JUST IN: Supreme Court Dismisses Atiku’s Request to File Fresh Forgery Evidence against Tinubu

The Supreme Court has dismissed the application of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to file fresh evidence against President Bola Tinubu, Daily Trust reports.

Atiku, PDP Presidential Candidate had asked the court to allow him file the evidence obtained from Tinubu’s record at Chicago State University.

WikkiTimes reports that the Supreme Court on Monday reserved judgment on the appeal filed by PDP challenging the judgment of the Court of Appeal which affirmed the victory of President Bola Tinubu in the 2023 presidential election.

Atiku, the six-time Presidential aspirant argued that Tinubu submitted forged documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

But Tinubu objected on the grounds that Atiku made the plea outside the 180 days stipulated period.

JUST IN: Supreme Court Reserves Judgment in Atiku’s Appeal against Tinubu

In his ruling on Thursday, Justice Inyang Okoro, chairman of the 7-man panel, said the time allotted to election petitions is fixed like the “Rock of Gibraltar” that cannot be extended or expanded.

“It has to be noted that the 180 days imposed is immutable and cannot be extended… Election petitions are sui generis and have their own peculiarities… the court below lost its jurisdiction to determine any matter concerning the petition after the 180 days which expired on September 17. This court cannot do what the lower court is no longer constitutionally allowed to do by section 285 of the constitution.”

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“No amendment can be made introducing new facts not contained in the election petition as stated in section 132(7) of the Electoral Act. This application clearly runs foul of the Electoral Act.”

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