The Supreme Court in Abuja has announced that it will review Atiku Abubakar’s petition challenging the victory of President Bola Tinubu in the February presidential elections. The hearing, scheduled for Monday, 23rd October, follows Atiku’s recent press conference in Abuja, where concerns about the validity of Tinubu’s academic records from Chicago State University were raised.
In a statement issued by the PDP chieftain Dele Momodu on Thursday, the hearing notice, dated 19th October and signed by Zainab M. Garba, was made public.
Impact of Atiku’s Petition on Nigeria’s Judicial System and International Comparisons
Amid these proceedings, the Eastern Union, a pro-democracy group in Nigeria, emphasized that the case involving alleged certificate forgery between Atiku Abubakar and President Bola Tinubu places the Nigerian judiciary in a critical position.
The Union’s National President, Charles Anike, urged the court to follow the standard set by the US judiciary in dealing with similar cases of certificate forgery, emphasizing the importance of transparency and fairness.
In a recent turn of events, a US judge, Magistrate Jeffrey Gilbert, had previously instructed Chicago State University to release President Tinubu’s academic records to Abubakar. Subsequently, the case was escalated to senior judge Nancy Maldonado, who ruled in favour of Atiku, rejecting President Tinubu’s pleas to delay the execution of the judgment.
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