Six states in Nigeria on Friday requested the Supreme Court docket to void the results of the just-concluded presidential election, the newest twist in a number of challenges going through the ruling get together’s victory within the vote.
The states — led by governors in the primary opposition get together that got here second within the final weekend’s election — accuse Nigeria’s electoral fee of failing to comply with its personal guidelines and election legal guidelines in conducting the vote and asserting a winner, in keeping with court docket paperwork.
Election outcomes from the 176,000 polling items are required to be transmitted to the fee’s portal, which the opposition says did not occur.
Bola Tinubu of the ruling get together acquired 37% of the vote to win the election, which different candidates, together with second-place candidate Atiku Abubakar and third-place finisher Peter Obi, say they are going to problem in court docket.
The states — Sokoto, Adamawa, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Delta and Edo — mentioned they need the Supreme Court to declare that the outcomes of the presidential election “have been invalid, null and void, and of no impact in anyway.”
Nigeria’s electoral regulation says an election might be invalidated provided that it’s confirmed that the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee largely didn’t comply with the regulation and acted in ways in which might have modified the consequence. None of Nigeria’s presidential election outcomes has ever been overturned by the Supreme Court docket.
Nevertheless, the newest court docket problem is exclusive, legal professionals mentioned, citing the authorized provision that voting outcomes should be transmitted to the electoral physique’s portal.
“Having not complied with that requirement, I imagine the integrity of the whole course of is questionable,” mentioned Inibehe Effiong, a lawyer in Nigeria’s capital of Abuja. It doesn’t matter what the precedent reveals, the court docket doesn’t produce other choices, he added.
Individually, the Supreme Court docket prolonged the deadline till the tip of the yr for the federal government to complete switching out outdated forex for brand spanking new financial institution notes. The swap has created a money scarcity as a result of there aren’t sufficient redesigned notes to go round within the cash-reliant nation. The disaster has stirred violence, daylong strains at banks and enterprise closures.
A seven-member justice panel mentioned Friday that this system’s implementation broke the regulation and directed the outdated banknotes of 200 naira (43 U.S. cents), 500 naira ($1.08) and 1,000 naira ($2.16) to remain authorized tender until Dec. 31 earlier than being changed with the redesigned money.
The central financial institution didn’t instantly touch upon the directive from the court docket. Up to now, it has been accused of disobeying court docket orders.