The Supreme Court has dismissed Atiku Abubakar’s plea to file fresh evidence against President Bola Tinubu.
Justice Inyang Okoro delivered the verdict on Thursday during the hearing of the appeals filed against Bola Tinubu’s win at the Presidential Election Tribunal Tribunal (PEPT).
Atiku had approached the court to grant him leave to bring more evidence to establish that Tinubu submitted a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). This, according to Atiku,
Atiku’s counsel, Chris Uche (SAN), said the 32-page document released to his client should be admitted in the interest of justice.
But Justice Okoro said the time frame to admit such evidence has elapsed. He cited Section 285(5) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, which provides for the PEPT to hear and determine all petitions arising from the presidential election.
He said since the 180 days had expired on September 17, the Supreme Court had no jurisdiction to admit the document.