The Supreme Court on Thursday, turned down Atiku Abubakar’s application to tender fresh evidence to support his appeal at the court.
Atiku, the PDP presidential candidate in the 2023 general election, had sought the leave of the court to submit Tinubu’s credentials obtained from the Chicago State University to prove that Tinubu forged the documents he submitted to INEC.
The seven-member panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice John Okoro , while reading the judgment, argued that the application of Atiku was filed after the 180 days which is allowed by law.
According to the court, it cannot activate section 22 of its act to admit fresh evidence.
Justice Okoro said, “The leave cannot be granted. We do not have the vires to grant it. There is no paragraph in the petition that indicates forgery. It would float on the appeal if it should be admitted.
“They (petitioners) were tardy and not diligent enough. This does not fit into the determination of this appeal. It is hereby refused and dismissed. “