Alex Enumah in Abuja
Within 72 hours after it heard and reserved its judgment in two appeals filed against the election of President Bola Tinubu, the Supreme Court will deliver judgement on Thursday October 26, the apex court has announced.
The delivery of the judgment is expected to draw the curtain on the legal battles relating to the 2023 presidential election.
Recall that Justice John Okoro, who led six other justices of the seven-man panel of the Supreme Court had on Monday announced that judgment had been reserved, shortly after lawyers representing parties in the appeal, identified and adopted their various processes in the appeal.
“Judgment is reserved to a date that would be communicated to parties”, Justice Okoro had held.
However, a notice issued to parties on Wednesday indicated that judgment had been fixed for Thursday.
The notice issued by one of the Registrars of the Supreme Court, Zainab Garba read in part, “Take notice that judgment will be delivered in the above mentioned matter on Thursday October 26, 2023, before the Supreme Court of Nigeria, sitting at Law Court District Area, Abuja”.
The two appeals slated for judgment are that of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and that of Mr Peter Obi and the Labour Party (LP).
The apex court had at Monday’s proceedings dismissed the third appeal filed by the Allied People’s Movement ( APM), shortly after it was withdrawn by the party’s lead counsel, Mr Chukwuma Machukwu-Ume, SAN.