Atiku Urges Supreme Court to Reject Technicality, And Allow him To Tender More Evidence Against Tinubu

The Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, urges the Supreme Court to set aside technicalities and allow him to present new evidence supporting his claim that President Bola Tinubu submitted forged documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the February 25 presidential poll.

Atiku emphasized the seriousness of a presidential candidate presenting forged documents and argues against encouraging such actions, asserting it as a significant constitutional concern.

Tinubu, in response, objects based on jurisdiction and deems the qualification issue a pre-election matter, urging the court to reject Atiku’s application.

While faulting President Tinubu, Atiku submitted that issues of merit ought not to be determined or pronounced upon at the interlocutory stage.

The appellants/applicants while noting that they are only at this stage merely applying for leave of the Supreme Court to receive the fresh evidence, submitted that “to refuse to grant the leave as the respondents have argued, will amount to undue technicality.”

Meanwhile, in a 20 paragraph affidavit deposed to in support of the application, Atiku argued that if the apex court grants the application, there would be no need for “any further argument other than the written address in support of same, showing that the 2nd Respondent is in violation of the provisions of Section 137 (1) (j) of the Constitution by presenting a certificate disclaimed by the institution from where he purportedly procured same.”

Atiku also faulted President Tinubu’s submission that he was inconsistent in his names, describing the submission as immaterial and pedestrian, as there is no petition challenging his qualification.

Besides, Atiku pointed out that the presentation of a forged certificate disqualifies a candidate for all time, no matter when presented.