By Sabiu Abdullahi
The Supreme Court has affirmed the decision of the tribunal concerning the appeals of Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi.
The apex court, in a unanimous decision, backed the lead judgment delivered by Justice John Okoro, thereby dismissing Atiku Abubakar’s appeal challenging the judgment of the presidential petition tribunal.
The Supreme Court panel, comprising eminent justices including Uwani Aji, Mohammed Garba, Ibrahim Saulawa, Adamu Jauro, Abubakar Tijjani, Emmanuel Agim, and Salawa Ibrahim, collectively upheld Okoro’s ruling.
Justice Salawa Ibrahim stated, “The application by Atiku is frivolous and vexatious and deserves to be dismissed. I find no merit in the appeal and dismiss, and I affirm the decision of the lower court.”
Justice Agim echoed similar sentiments, emphasizing the necessity for the authentication of evidence.
He said, “I agree with the reasoning that the fresh evidence is not authentic as stated by the authority before it was presented. It was not sealed or had the signature. It cannot be used in Nigeria without authentication.”