The world will be watching, as the Presidential Election Petitions Court is set to makes a decision on three petitions challenging the declaration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of Nigeria’s 2023 presedential elections today, Wednesday September 6.
The petitions up for consideration are those from Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), and that from the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).
The proceedings at which five justices will deliver judgement will be televised live and will also accessible to millions of viewers worldwide on mobile devices.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) attests that the total number of valid votes cast in the said 2023 Presidential Election was slightly more than 24 million.
INEC further attests that incumbent President Bola Ahmed Tinubu whose victory at the poll is being challenged, scored the highest number of votes, being 8,794,726.
It further states that Atiku Abubakar came second, having polled 6,984,520 votes and that Peter Obi came in third with 6,101,533 votes.
The petitioners made a number of claims, one of which was that Tinubu’s declaration as the winner of the February 25 election was unjustified, on account to his failure to amass 25 percent of the votes cast in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
Police authorities say security has been stepped up across the nation in view of the proceedings and warn mischief makers to stand back.