Nigeria Court Rejects Opposition Bid To Overturn February Election
Muhammad Irfan Published September 07, 2023 | 11:30 AM
Abuja, Sept 7 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 7th Sep, 2023 ) :A Nigerian appeals court on Wednesday threw out opposition challenges to overturn President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's February election victory after a highly contested ballot.
In a judgment broadcast live on television for more than nine hours, judges rejected petitions from two main opposition parties, including charges of fraud, lawbreaking by electoral authorities and allegations Tinubu was not eligible to run.
The challenges came after one of Nigeria's most tightly fought elections, when former Lagos governor Tinubu won 37 percent of the vote, beating Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Atiku Abubakar and Labour Party's Peter Obi to secure the presidency of Africa's most populous nation.
The opposition appeal will now most likely head to the Supreme Court, which has never ruled to overturn a Nigerian presidential election since the country returned to democracy from military rule in 1999.