‘Were They Expecting Court To Be Intimidated By Social Media?’ Tribunal Scolds Petitioners

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The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) has scolded petitions challenging President Bola Tinubu’s win in the 2023 election, saying they failed to provide evidence to prove their case. 

While the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) took Tinubu to court seeking the nullification of his victory, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Labour Party (LP), and their candidates in the poll, also challenged the former Lagos State governor’s win in the election.

But while delivering judgement in the ruling that upheld Tinubu’s election, a member of the five-person panel Justice Monsurat Bolaji-Yusuf berated the petitioners for their inability to prove their cases.

“The petitioners did not understand the explanation of the first respondent or were just fixated on their belief that they won the election without any cogent and credible evidence, and they did not even bother to place such credible evidence before this court,” she said at the Court of Appeal premises in Abuja.

“Were they expecting the court to go and gather evidence from the street or the market? Or to be persuaded or intimidated by threats on social media. That is not the way of the court.”

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