Presidential Election Tribunal: AA Withdraws Petition Against Tinubu’s Victory
The Action Alliance (AA) political party has withdrawn its petition against the victory of Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the 2023 presidential election.
The party made the announcement during the pre-hearing session of the presidential election tribunal on Monday, with no reason given for the withdrawal.
The legal team of the party, led by Oba Maduabuchi, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), made the formal application to withdraw the petition.
Prior to the announcement of the withdrawal, another lawyer had announced himself as the representative of the AA, claiming that the party did not consent to the action and wants the petition struck out.
However, Maduabuchi insisted that he filed the petition on behalf of the 1st and 2nd petitioners. After declaring the intention of the Action Alliance, none of the representatives of the other parties expressed opposition to the move.
The panel consequently ruled that “in the absence of any objection from the respondents, the application is hereby granted. Consequently, the petition is hereby dismissed”.
The main ground of the AA’s petition was the claim of wrongful exclusion of David Okanigbuan, the party’s presidential candidate, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The AA had alleged that INEC did not include Okanigbuan’s name in the list of candidates for the election and that the exclusion was a violation of the party’s rights.
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