Presidential election challenge in Nigeria starts next Monday.

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According to court records revealed on Friday, the Nigerian electoral tribunal will begin hearing opposition petitions on Monday challenging President-elect Bola Tinubu’s victory in the disputed presidential election conducted in February.

His closest rivals, the Peoples Democratic Party’s Atiku Abubakar and the Labour Party’s Peter Obi have accused the ruling All Progressives Congress of fraud and have launched a lawsuit to overturn Tinubu’s win.

Prior presidential election results in Nigeria have been contested in court many times, but none have been upheld.

The Court of Appeal will be represented on the hearing panel. On the first day of hearings, the candidates’ lawyers must coordinate which witnesses and pieces of evidence will be submitted in compliance with Nigerian election procedures.

Atiku and Obi have sued a tribunal to annul Tinubu’s victory, claiming that the poll was marred by irregularities. Tinubu, who will be inaugurated on May 29, argues he was properly elected and demands that the petitions be dismissed.

After years of poverty and insecurity under outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari, an army general, some voters’ hopes for change were increased by Obi’s outsider campaign, which galvanized young and first-time voters and sought to widen the contest.

Obi, on the other hand, placed third, behind political giants Tinubu and Atiku, both of whom brought decades of experience and a vast network to the table.

 

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