Breaking News: Supreme court strikes out Atiku and PDP’s appeal
The Supreme Court has struck out an appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. A five-man panel led by Justice Dattijo Muhammad said the appeal was statute-barred.
The intrigue stamped SC/738/2019, had looked to end a part of procedures of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal where President Buhari’s re-appointment is being tested.
The appellants prayed the Supreme Court to review the record of proceeding the Justice Mohammed Garba-led tribunal held on June 11, to determine if the presidential tribunal was right when it held that the All Progressives Congress, APC, filed a valid reply to the petition against the outcome of the February 23 presidential election.
Meanwhile, though the apex court adjourned the appeal for hearing, at the resumed proceeding on Tuesday, counsel to the appellants, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, drew attention of the court to the fact that the constitutionally prescribed period for determination of such interlocutory appeal, had elapsed.
Following his unchallenged oral application to withdraw the appeal, it was accordingly struck out by a five-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice Datijo Mohammed. The Supreme Court said it was satisfied that the appeal had become statute barred.
In any case, the board has remained down procedures to control on a second intrigue that Atiku and PDP documented to move refusal of the council to propel the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to open the focal server it sent for the 2019 presidential decision, for examination.