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PDP States Withdraw Supreme Court Case Challenging Tinubu’s Victory

Ozekhome said the case had been overtaken by events and will now be a tribunal matter.

Seven state governments under the control of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors have discontinued their suit seeking a review of the results of 25 February election by the Supreme Court.

The state governments – Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Taraba and Sokoto – had sued the federal government at the Supreme Court over the 2023 presidential and National Assembly election.

The attorneys-general of the states had filed the suit asking the Supreme Court to intervene in the just concluded general elections. They based their claims on a potential breakdown of public order and civil disobedience.

Their suit challenged the declaration of Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as president-elect.

But Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who filed the suit on behalf of the seven states, filed for discontinuance of the case on Friday.

According to reports, Ozekhome explained that the suit was filed “during the flawed manual collation of results contrary to the clear provisions of the Electoral Act, the INEC Guidelines and Regulations and the manual for INEC officials”.

He said the suit had to be discontinued “due to the fact that the flawed results have already been announced and a President-elect declared, albeit illegally and unconstitutionally.”

He said, with the declaration, the case had been overtaken by events and it “will now be a (election petition) tribunal matter”.