Seven state governments controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have withdrawn a lawsuit filed against the Federal Government at the Supreme Court challenging the declaration of All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu as President-elect. The states are Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Taraba and Sokoto.
In the suit which had the attorneys-general of the seven states as plaintiffs and the Attorney General of the Federation as defendant, the seven states had asked the Supreme Court to intervene in the just-concluded general elections, arguing that the declaration of Tinubu did not follow the Electoral Act.
They argued that the declaration did not follow INEC’s own laid down guidelines, particularly the uploading of results to the IREV through the BVAS. They also expressed fear of a potential breakdown of public order and civil disobedience, a THISDAY report stated.
The Notice of Discontinuance signed and filed today by the Lead Counsel, Mr. Mike Ozekhome SAN read: “Take notice that the plaintiffs doth hereby wholly discontinue this suit against the defendant herein”.