AA Withdraws Petition Against President-elect, Tinubu

The Action Alliance has withdrawn its petition against Bola Tinubu, the President-elect.

This decision was made during the current pre-hearing on Monday in Abuja at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

The petitioners said that their actual candidate Solomon Okanigbuan was left off of the list posted on the Independent National Electoral Commission’s website.

After the hearing was resumed, the petition submitted by the Action Alliance was called, and the parties indicated their attendance.

The Action Alliance was represented in court by Solomon Okanigbuan, the party’s presidential candidate, and Adekunle Omo-aje, the chairman of the party, who made the announcement.

Bola Tinubu’s representative, Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, introduced himself. The court, however, ruled that Lalong could not represent Tinubu.

Following this, Oba Maduabuchi announced his appearance for the AA party.

However, confusion ensued as Malachi Umuebe also announced his appearance for the same party.

But maintaining his stance as the representative of the party, Maduabuchi sought the order of the court to withdraw the petition in its entirety.

Speaking he demanded the withdrawal of the party’s name from the petition on the grounds that the AA did not consent to be joined in the petition.

He cited the Court of Appeal judgment which according to him said, “You people are not even members of Action Alliance adding that he would not like to drag the court into the matter.

“My prayers are that upon withdrawal, the petition be dismissed adding that “I have been served by the respondents that they are not opposing.”

Responding, counsel for the respondent, Abubakar Mahmoud said, “We have no objection, my Lord.”

In a brief ruling, Justice Tsammani dismissed the petition as requested.

“The petition is hereby dismissed,” the justice concluded.

The AA has been embroiled in a tussle over the party’s leadership.