A LAWSUIT brought by seven states led by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the federal government in the Supreme Court to contest Bola Tinubu’s election as president on Saturday, February 25, 2023, has been dropped.
According to THISDAY NEWSPAPER, seven states, which include Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Taraba, and Sokoto states, had asked the Supreme Court to intervene in the recently concluded presidential election, claiming that the declaration of Tinubu did not follow, the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 and the Independent National Electoral Commission’s guidelines.
The Attorneys-General of the seven states were the plaintiffs, and the Attorney-General of the Federation was the defendant in the suit.
The lawsuit contested INEC’s failure to use the BVAS to upload the election results to the IReV. They also expressed concern about possible civil disobedience and a collapse of Public order.
The Notice of Discontinuance was signed by their lawyer, Michael Ozekhome signed, on Friday.
The ICIR reported that controversy surrounding the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly Election in Nigeria escalated, with some state governments dragging the Federal Government to the Supreme Court over the conduct of the exercise.
The states which are controlled by the opposition PDP want the Supreme Court to rule that the declaration of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, as the winner of the February 25 presidential election is null and void.
They added that the whole results of the presidential election, as announced by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, violate provisions of the Electoral Act.
They further demanded a declaration that the refusal to upload the results of each of the 176,974 Polling Units nationwide, in respect of the Presidential and National Assembly Election, was not in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act.