Nigeria: Election petitions process gets into second gear
By John Eche
The stakes continue to be raised in the disputations over the integrity and validity of Nigeria’s 2023 polls outcome as the elections petitions process have presently moved into the second gear, The Difference reports.
This is even after the surprising change by both the election umpires, the Independent National Elections Commission, INEC and the All Progressives Congress party to call up the total number of witnesses they were earlier scheduled to present before the tribunal.
Even this change of tracks has generated its own load of contrasting interpretations. While some see it as a damage control move to prevent unsavoury disclosures during the cross-examination process, others think its a smart move that is designed to bring the process to an expeditions close.
Says Mark Esama, a public affairs commentator, on the subject: it is actually a heads-tails game. At the close of the day, the ball has only rightly returned to the court of the judges. We await their ruling.’
Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party are contending that the declaration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as winner of the February 2023 presidential polls was done in error and should therefore be reversed.