Nigeria Court To Rule On Opposition Election Challenge
Sumaira FH Published September 06, 2023 | 11:10 AM
Abuja, Sept 6 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 6th Sep, 2023 ) :A Nigerian appeals court on Wednesday will rule on an opposition challenge to overturn President Bola Tinubu's election victory in an eagerly awaited decision.
In a tight race, former Lagos governor Tinubu won 37 per cent of votes in the February 25 vote, beating the PDP's Atiku Abubakar and Labour's Peter Obi to secure the presidency of Africa's most populous country.
Tinubu's government has appeared confident, highlighting the judiciary's integrity.
"As a result of his faith and confidence in the judiciary, he believes that the mandate which Nigerians freely gave to him during the elections will stand," presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale told Channels tv this week.
"He is not worried, simply because he knows he won the election." Tinubu took office at the end of May and has quickly introduced a set of reforms the government says will help put Africa's largest economy back on track.
He is currently in India to participate in the G20 summit where he is seeking foreign investment.
- Nullify or verify - The 2023 election was one of the most contested in the country's modern history, thanks in part to the emergence of a major third-party candidate to challenge the dominance of Tinubu's All Progressives Congress (APC) and the PDP.
Labour's Obi looked to appeal to younger voters who said they were looking for an alternative to the old-guard candidates.
INEC acknowledged "glitches" but dismissed claims the vote was not free and fair.
The PDP's Abubakar called the vote a "rape of democracy" and the party says it presented proof that INEC broke electoral law in its transmission of results, and of Tinubu's failure to meet constitutional requirements.
A smaller party will also receive a decision on its petition.
Government officials say the policies are needed to revive the economy, calling for patience and supplying state governments with funds to help offset the impact.