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Atiku, Obi reject Tribunal’s judgment, head to Supreme Court

The aggrieved presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Abubakar Atiku and that of the Labour Party, Peter Obi have disclosed that they will be challenging the Presidential Election Tribunal’s judgments at the Supreme Court.

They made the disclosure on Wednesday shortly after the Tribunal dismissed their petitions.

Counsels for both candidates said they have been directed by their clients to challenge the judgment.

In a bid to ensure quick filing of their appeals at the Apex Court, Atiku’s lawyer, Chief Chris Uche, SAN, requested the Tribunal to make a copy of the judgment available to him to enable his client to exercise his right of appeal.

He said that the former Vice President has directed that appeal against the decision be filed immediately.

Uche told newsmen that Atiku got judgment at the Tribunal but did not get justice, hence, his decision to go on appeal.

Similarly, Livy Uzoukwu, SAN, the lead counsel to Obi confirmed that his client had directed that the judgment be challenged at the Supreme Court.

He wondered why the Tribunal which ruled against live telecast of proceedings suddenly allowed live coverage of the judgment.

In response to Atiku’s request, Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani assured that clean copies of the judgment would be released to them on Thursday to enable them proceed on their appeal to the Supreme Court

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