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‘’I Do Not Trust Supreme Court On Peter Obi And Tinubu’s Matter’’ Says Chimamanda

Popular Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie has made it known to the public that she doesn’t believe nor trust in Supreme Court on Obi vs Tinubu. She insists the 2023 presidential election was unforgivably flawed. She said that, she isn’t confident the Supreme Court will give a fair hearing to candidates challenging the result of the 2023 presidential election.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) the winner of the controversial February 25 election ahead of 17 other candidates.

The former Lagos governor beat his closest rivals, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), but they’ve both submitted petitions against the result at an election tribunal. Adichie warned the president of the United States, Joe Biden, in an open letter on April 6, not to congratulate Tinubu to avoid legitimising an election she pointed out was manipulated.In a follow-up interview on Arise TV on April 11, the author said the election was “unforgivably flawed” and should be challenged. But she noted she’s worried about the reputation of Nigeria’s highest court delivering justice in the petition filed by Obi, her preferred candidate.

“I think there’s reason to doubt (that a fair hearing is possible) because the Supreme Court has had rulings that just didn’t make a lot of sense to most people, so there’s reason to worry. But I’m generally hopeful and optimistic they’ll do the right thing and the people will get justice,” she said.Obi and Atiku’s separate petitions have asked the tribunal to either declare them the true winners of the election or order a fresh round of election due to irregularities surrounding the February 25 contest.The Action Alliance (AA), Allied People’s Movement (APM) and Action People’s Party (APP) have also submitted petitions to invalidate the election and/or order a fresh one.

But Tinubu will be sworn in to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29 before the petitions can reach final conclusions at the Supreme Court around October. No sitting Nigerian president has ever been removed by the court.

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