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Forgery: Atiku files fresh evidence against President Tinubu At supreme court



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Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has filed at the Supreme Court of Nigeria, fresh evidence from the U.S. court in Illinois against President Bola Ahmed Tinubu Over Alleged forged certificate he submitted to INEC for the 2023 presidential election.

Among his prayers, Atiku asked the Supreme Court to set aside the judgment of the Tsammani-led presidential election petition tribunal and disqualify Mr. Bola Tinubu on the grounds of certificate forgery.

While filing the fresh evidence from the U.S. against the APC national leader, Mr. Bola Tinubu at the Supreme Court, counsel to Atiku, Chief Chris Uche SAN drew the attention of the Supreme Court to an earlier precedence set by the Apex Court in the case of Uzodinma vs. Izunaso & Ors (2011).

Chief Wole Olanipekun in 2011, while representing Mr. Hope Uzodinma against Osita Izunaso & Ors (now representing Bola Tinubu) filed new evidence in his appeal at the apex court after pleading that he could not assemble the evidence at the initial court of trial.

While setting aside the judgment of the court of appeal upholding the return of Sen. Osita Izunaso, the five-man panel of justices of the apex court led by Walter Onnoghen JSC in its unanimous judgment said that;

“Learned counsel for the Appellant, Chief W. Olanipekun SAN observed that the trial took just three days and judgment was delivered on 28/l/2011. He thus had very little time to assemble relevant documentary evidence, including exhibit HU2.”

The panel while dismissing the objection from counsel to Osita Izunaso and accepting the fresh evidence brought by Chief Wole Olanipekun held that; ????

“the discretion to grant leave to admit new evidence, fresh evidence or additional evidence” was “properly exercised” since it was for the “furtherance of justice.”

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