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Another Party Withdraws Petition Against Tinubu

• Counsels to president-elect, APC urge others to do same

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As the Presidential Election Petitions Court (PEPC), continues sitting in Abuja, another political party, the Action Peoples Party (APP), has applied to withdraw its suit filed against the declaration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as president-elect.

Counsel to the party, Mr. Obed Agu, made the announcement for the withdrawal of the petition marked: CA/PEPC/02/23 in a withdrawal notice filed on May 9.

According to him, this was predicated on Paragraph 29(1)(2) and (3) of the Schedule for Election Petitions.

This is the second party to withdraw its petition, as the Action Alliance (AA), also made same application, when the court kicked off its sitting on May 8.

Agu said before the five-member panel, headed by Justice Haruna Tsammani, that “My Lords, we are seeking an order of this court for leave to withdraw this petition filed on March 19.

“As well as an order striking out or dismissing the petition, same having been withdrawn,” he added.

Counsel to Tinubu, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), his colleague, who represented the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Lateef Fagemi (SAN), and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), did not oppose the application.

Olanipekun said, “We want to commend them, with the hope that more will still come. My Lords, we are not asking for cost.”

Fagbemi also urged others challenging his client’s victory in the tribunal, to emulate the APP, saying “We commend the petitioners for doing the right thing. Let those who have not done so, do so immediately.

“The flight is moving. We want to let them know that we commend them and we are not asking for cost,” the SAN stated.

Consequently, the petition was dismissed.

With this development, the court is left with petitions filed on behalf of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).

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