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Presidential election tribunal to deliver ruling Wednesday while Tinubu attends G20 summit in India

Presidential election tribunal to deliver ruling Wednesday while Tinubu attends G20 summit in India

The Nigerian Presidential Election Petition Tribunal will on Wednesday deliver its ruling to the petitions challenging the result of the 2023 presidential vote that brought President Bola Tinubu to power.

The court’s registrar revealed this on Monday.

Tinubu’s victory in the election was disputed by his two main opponents. Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of Labour Party (LP) who came second and third in the race respectively. Both challenged Tinubu’s victory in court.

The tribunal, which started hearing in June, will give its ruling on September 6, the registrar said, adding that the judgment will be televised.

Every election result has been contested since Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999, and none has been overturned by the courts.

Most observers therefore expect the tribunal to uphold Tinubu’s win.

Tinubu has since been sworn in as Nigeria’s president, despite the election challenge, and has been under pressure to quickly improve economic and security conditions. He will be in India attending the G20 summit when the ruling is delivered.

Tinubu, a long-standing member of the ruling party, won 37% of February’s vote, the lowest share since 1999.

The main opposition parties have described the outcome of the election as fraudulent after a new technology that the electoral commission had promised would make the process more transparent malfunctioned, eroding trust.

Voter turnout was also low, even by Nigerian standards. With total votes cast at just under 25 million, out of 87 million people with voter identity cards and eligible to vote, turnout was only 29%. The previous 2019 election saw a 35% turnout.

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