Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has urged the Supreme Court to set aside technicalities and allow the submission of fresh evidence to support his case against President Bola Tinubu.
Atiku’s application before the apex court alleges that Tinubu submitted a forged document to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the February 25 presidential election.
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While Tinubu has requested the dismissal of the plea on the grounds of jurisdiction and the nature of the qualification issue, Atiku has emphasized that determining problems of merit should not occur at the interlocutory stage.
In response to Tinubu’s objection, Atiku stressed the need to reject technicalities in favour of substantial justice, citing precedent cases and the court’s duty to ensure a fair hearing in matters of constitutional significance.
Atiku’s Plea for Fresh Evidence and Rejection of Technicalities.
In his affidavit, Atiku maintained that if the Supreme Court grants the application, it will obviate the need for further argument, underscoring the alleged violation of Section 137(1)(j) of the Constitution through the presentation of a disclaimed certificate by the second respondent.
Atiku refuted Tinubu’s claim of inconsistency in his names, deeming it immaterial and unsubstantial, as no petition challenging his qualification has been filed. Additionally, Atiku emphasized the permanent disqualification of a candidate upon the presentation of a forged certificate, regardless of the time production.
As the legal battle unfolds, Atiku’s plea to the Supreme Court emphasizes the imperative of ensuring a fair and just resolution of the serious allegations raised, reflecting the crucial role of the judiciary in upholding the principles of transparency and accountability in the electoral process.
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