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The presidential election petition tribunal will rule on who really won the 2023 presidential election.

Five judges will deliver their judgement on petitions against the result of the 2023 presidential election
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09:59

Welcome to our live coverage of the judgement of the presidential election petitions tribunal happening in Abuja.

10:00

Second-placed Atiku Abubakar and his People's Democratic Party (PDP) and third-placed Peter Obi and his Labour Party (LP) are the two prominent petitioners.

10:01

Despite finishing 13th at the polls, the Allied People's Movement (APM) is also expecting the tribunal to rule on its case.

10:01

The judges presiding over cases today are Haruna Tsammani, Stephen Adah, Misturat Bolaji-Yusuf, Boloukuoromo Moses Ugo, and Abba-Bello Mohammed.

10:01

The judges presiding over cases today are Haruna Tsammani, Stephen Adah, Misturat Bolaji-Yusuf, Boloukuoromo Moses Ugo, and Abba-Bello Mohammed.

10:02

All five judges don't have to agree on the same ruling, but the decision agreed by three of them will be the majority ruling that will stand.

10:04

No Nigerian court has ever overturned the result of a presidential election, so today's verdict should be interesting. Will history repeat itself?

10:09

The court is currently addressing the petition of the APM. The party opposed the APC's process of nominating Kashim Shettima as Tinubu's running mate.

APM also noted that Shettima was a senatorial candidate at the time of his nomination, allegedly making him guilty of double nomination which is against the provisions of the constitution and the Electoral Act.

The party asked the tribunal to void all the votes scored by APC and announce second-placed Atiku as the authentic winner of the election.

10:39

Justice Haruna Tsammani has been reading the court's judgement on the APM case for more than 10 minutes. He has called the petition incompetent numerous times, noting that the issue raised is a pre-election matter that the tribunal has no business ruling on.

11:21

Justice Tsammani is still reading his judgement and reinforcing his earlier points that the APM's case lacks merit.

11:28

The election petition tribunal has dismissed the APM's case based on a technicality. In summary, the party had no legal standing to file the motion.

11:29

The court has taken a 15-minute break. The petitions of the LP and PDP are next when judges resume.

11:58

The judges are back to continue with the day's proceedings.

12:27

Justice Mohammed has been reading the court's judgement on Peter Obi's petition for 30 minutes now. He's commented on some of the petitioner's motions lacking competence or failing to produce compelling evidence.

14:21

The court is still reading its judgement in the case of Peter Obi vs Bola Tinubu.

14:43

Peter Obi's motion to have Bola Tinubu disqualified on the basis of his drug case in the U.S. that included his forfeiture of $460k to the government has been thrown out by the presidential election petition tribunal. Other motions are still pending judgement.

15:54

The tribunal just ruled that INEC can decide to transmit election results however it sees fit and dismissed Obi's motion to cancel the election result based on manual transmission.

16:46

The election petition tribunal has just dismissed Obi's motion to cancel the result of the 2023 presidential election over allegations of corrupt practices and overvoting. It's his third motion to be dismissed.

17:06

The election petition tribunal has dismissed Peter Obi's motion that the election result should be cancelled because Tinubu did not score 25% of votes cast in the FCT.

17:06

 All of Obi's motions have been ruled in Tinubu's favour and the court is now done with the second case of the day.

17:07

Up next is the petition Atiku, who finished second during election, filed against Tinubu.

19:17

The court is now ruling on the substantive motions of Atiku's petition.

21:01

The election tribunal has also dismissed Atiku Abubakar's petition against Bola Tinubu's election as Nigeria's president.

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21:05

It's important to remember this is not the end of the road for the petitioners who lost today. They can file their appeals before the Supreme Court within 14 days. Any appeal submitted outside this window is null and void.

21:06

The Supreme Court has a maximum of 60 days to deliver a ruling after the appeal is filed, which means a final ruling on the election result isn't expected till November.

21:06

Today's session has run for more than 12 hours. Thank you for joining our coverage. Good night.

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