Vice President Kashim Shettima arrived at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) today, representing President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is currently in New Delhi, India, attending the G20 Summit.
As the tribunal gears up to make a pivotal ruling on the petitions challenging the declaration of President Tinubu as the winner of the February 25 presidential election, Vice President Shettima made his presence felt. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had initially declared President Tinubu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the victor in the closely watched election.
However, this outcome faced legal opposition as both Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar, who were presidential candidates of the Labour Party (LP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), respectively, contested the results in court.
The atmosphere outside the Court of Appeal premises was charged with enthusiasm as supporters of President Tinubu, organized under the banner “Niger Delta for Tinubu,” gathered to show their unwavering support for the incumbent president.
Vice President Shettima’s presence added a new layer of intrigue to the proceedings, drawing attention not only from the legal community but also from political observers across the nation. His representation of President Tinubu, who is currently abroad, underscores the significance of this tribunal ruling in the nation’s political landscape.
The Nigerian populace now waits with bated breath for the tribunal’s decision, which is poised to have far-reaching implications for the country’s political future. As the proceedings unfold, the eyes of the nation remain fixed on the outcome of this pivotal moment in Nigeria’s electoral history.