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Nigerian court rejects opposition challenge to presidential election, upholds Tinubu’s victory

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« A Nigerian court upheld President Bola Tinubu’s victory in the 2023 country’s presidential polls, rejecting a petition by the opposition on Wednesday in Abuja.
Footage shows judges gathered inside the court room during the voting session as well as supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party rallying outside the building with signs and flags.
« Today is a great day for Nigeria. It is a battle between the will of the people and the process of misinformation, » said Kashim Shettima, the country’s vice president.
During a press briefing following the decision, one of the lawyers of the Labour Party stated that the judgment was delivered, but they ‘had not received justice’.
« Luckily, the constitution has given us the right to go on appeal to the Supreme Court, » he added.
According to the court, the opposition failed to prove allegations of electoral irregularities and fraud during this year’s elections.The challenge comes after a tight election where former Tinubu, former Lagos governor, secured 37 percent of the votes, followed by 29 percent for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Atiku Abubakar and 25 percent for Labour Party candidate Peter Obi. Despite the election challenge, Tinubu was sworn in on May 29. Wednesday’s decision is likely to be appealed in front of Supreme Court. »

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