The Presidential Election
Petition Tribunal chaired
by Justice Kummai
Bayang Akaahs will
today deliver judgment in the petition
filed by the Congress for Progressive
Change (CPC) against President Goodluck
Jonathan’s victory in the April 16
Notice of judgment was served
yesterday on counsel after the Supreme
Court struck out the appeal filed by the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against
The apex court held that the 60 days
allowed for hearing and determination
of an interlocutory appeal had elapsed.
The appeal arose from the July 14 ruling
of the Presidential Election Petitions
Tribunal, then chaired by the suspended
Appeal Court President, Justice Isa Ayo
Salami, that held that the CPC’s petition,
which was filed on a Sunday, is
competent and proper in law.
Jonathan contested on the platform of
the PDP. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari was
the CPC’s candidate.
Jonathan and PDP had urged the
Tribunal to dismiss the petition for being
filed on Sunday, a public holiday.
But the Tribunal said that the petition
was filed on a Sunday conferred no
advantage on the petitioner, adding that
it will be determined on merit and not
Dissatisfied, the PDP approached the
apex court. But the interlocutory appeal
could not be heard within the 60 days
The apex court directed all parties to go
back to the Tribunal, which will deliver
judgment in the substantive matter
At the last sitting, Jonathan and the
ruling PDP disagreed openly on the
status of the appeal.
The Justice Kummai Bayang Akaahs-led
five-man panel will today deliver
judgment in the substantive suit.