The legal team of Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos State and a prominent member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has challenged the consolidation of the petitions of presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi. The two had each submitted a petition to contest the results of the recently held presidential elections.
Tinubu and the APC, through their legal team, have vehemently opposed the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal’s decision to combine the petitions, arguing that doing so violates the norms of due process and a fair hearing. Tinubu expressed disapproval of the petitions’ aggregation through his legal counsel. He stated that combining the PDP and LP’s petitions would give them an unfair advantage.
Tinubu and the APC’s hostility to the consolidation in the meantime has been met with disapproval from several quarters. They contend that grouping the petitions will simplify the court process and enable a more thorough and effective analysis of the election results. The claim that the APC’s attitude stems from a desire to obstruct the legal system and delay the resolution of the electoral dispute
It is unclear how the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal would respond to the objections put forth by Tinubu and the APC as the discussion surrounding the consolidation of Atiku-Obi’s petitions heats up. The tribunal’s verdict on the subject will have a significant impact on the result of the election dispute and the future of Nigerian democracy.