November 29, 2023

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INEC, Tinubu fight hard as Atiku begs Supreme Court to admit fresh evidence

There was drama at the Supreme Court on Monday as presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, asked the court to admit fresh evidence of forgery against President Bola Tinubu.

Speaking through his lead counsel, Chris Uche (SAN), Atiku described the matter as a grave and constitutional matter.

He urged the court to adopt the application and grant their request.

“The issue involving Mr Tinubu’s certificate is a weighty, grave, and constitutional one, which the Supreme Court should admit. I urge the court to admit the fresh evidence of President Tinubu’s academic records from CSU presented by Atiku,” he said.

“The Supreme Court must take a look at Mr Tinubu’s records and reach a decision devoid of technicality.”

Counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Abubakar Mahmoud, immediately asked the Supreme Court to dismiss Atiku’s application seeking to present Tinubu’s academic records.

Tinubu’s lead counsel, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), argued that INEC should have been a party at the deposition proceedings in the US, noting that the CSU depositions are dormant until the deponent comes to court and testify.

Olanipeku said that Atiku cannot seek fresh evidence at the Supreme Court.