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Supreme Court to hear Atiku/Obi’s appeal Wednesday

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The Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the last presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

They are praying for a reversal of the September 11 decision of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) upholding President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory.

The Supreme Court is expected to hear a cross-appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging a portion of the verdict.

It was learnt that counsel to both parties have been notified of the hearing date.

The PEPC resolved the five issues raised for determination in favour of the respondents – the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Buhari and the APC.

The APC, in its cross-appeal, wants the Supreme Court to reconsider PEPC’s decision to accept evidence by three petitioners’ witnesses – Atiku’s spokesperson Segun Showunmi, a “data expert” David Njorga and a data analyst Joseph Gbenga.

The APC is praying the court to expunge at least 42 paragraphs from PDP’s petition.
PDP and Atiku, in their 66-ground of appeal, faulted the PEPC for holding that Buhari did not need to attach his academic qualifications to the form CF 001 submitted to INEC.

The appellants argued that the Court of Appeal Justices erred in law when they relied on “overall interest of justice” to hold that the second respondent’s Exhibits R1 to R26, P85 and P86 were properly admitted in evidence.

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