In a lawsuit submitted to a judicial tribunal in the nation’s capital, Abuja, one of the opposition candidates who lost the presidential election in Nigeria has legally contested the outcome.
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In the survey conducted last month, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress came out on top, followed by Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi of the Labour Party.
According to a representative for Mr. Obi’s presidential campaign, their petition contends that Mr. Tinubu should not have been qualified to run for the highest position, the BBC was informed on Tuesday.
That also calls into doubt the procedures followed by the Independent National Electoral Commission to declare a victor and determine the outcome of the election, he continued.
The Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Mr. Abubakar, has also threatened to contest the election results.
In spite of the constitution’s requirement that they be settled, if at all possible, prior to a candidate taking the oath of office, election disputes in Nigeria typically take months to be resolved.
The presidential campaign this year was the closest since the end of military dictatorship in 1999, but foreign observers said there were operational problems and a lack of transparency.
The electoral commission has acknowledged that there were significant technical issues that prevented election results from being uploaded to its server.