An elder statesman and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Robert Clarke, has expressed doubt that anything will come out of the appeal by the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, regarding the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC), led by Justice Haruna Tsammani, which dismissed their petitions and affirmed President Bola Tinubu as the democratically elected president.
He made his position known on Sunday evening during an interview on Channels Television, Politics Today.
The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) had on Wednesday, September 6, unanimously validated the electoral victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidates, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Kashim Shettima, at the 2023 presidential poll.
However, Atiku and Obi vowed to appeal the judgment at the Supreme Court.
He noted that his statement was premised on his past experience in the dispensation of justice at the bar, saying, “I have every belief, and I seriously believe that the unanimous judgment of the Court of Appeal is unassailable, it is as fixed as you can fix anything and I can assure you that if there is an appeal, I doubt whether anything can come out of the appeal.”
According to him, all the matter based on law brought before the Tribunal has been adjudged by the Apex Court in the country, therefore there was no need for an appeal.
In Atiku’s case, he said no real point of law was being canvassed, but points of facts, adding that, according to the law, when you canvass points of facts, you must provide the particulars upon which you want the Court to make pronouncement.
Clarke said the Tribunal dismissed Atiku’s case because his counsel didn’t provide any material facts before it.
“Atiku failed to raise issues on point of law. How could he get a judgment in his favor?” he queried.
On the LP, he said the party premised its case on what the law says and does not say.
The veteran said: “Almost all the four items that the Labour Party presented to the Tribunal were decisions that had been heard and upheld by the Apex Court. So, what are you asking the Tribunal to do? To sit on an appeal against the judgment of the Supreme Court?
Whether Abuja can be granted a special status as the Federal Capital Territory has been stated before the Apex Court, which had already made a profound pronouncement, he added.
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