There was confusion among some Nigerian political gladiators on Friday evening as it emerged that seven Peoples Democratic Party, PDP states who approached the Supreme Court to nullify the election victory of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, had withdrawn their suit.
The states- Adamawa State, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Taraba and Sokoto- through their team of lawyers led by Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, on Friday, filed a notice of discontinuance of the case.
The motion for discontinuance came after Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom expressed shock at the suit saying that he never gave permission for the state to be joined as a plaintiff.
It is, however, not known if the decision by the states to withdraw the suit against Tinubu is a matter of strategy given the assertion by the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar that the declaration would be challenged.
The plaintiffs had gone before the apex court to challenge the outcome of Presidential and National Assembly elections that held on February 25, insisting that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, acted in breach of the Electoral Act, 2022.
The plaintiffs maintained that election results from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT, were not properly transmitted and collated by INEC, as prescribed by the Electoral Act.
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