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25% In FCT: You Expect The Fed. High Court To Rule On A Matter It Has No Jurisdiction Over?— Effiong

In a recent social media post shared by a well-known Twitter account, it alleged that the judge assigned to preside over the 'FCT 25 percent of votes' case involving Bola Tinubu failed to make an appearance in court.

According to the post, it stated, "We have just received information that the judge at the Federal High Court, responsible for delivering a verdict on the case regarding the alleged 25% vote discrepancy in FCT against Bola Ahmed Tinubu and INEC, did not attend the court proceedings today. This is a disappointing setback for democracy, as the signs are becoming increasingly clear."

However, reacting to this, Inibehe Effiong emphasized that the Federal High Court lacks the jurisdiction to rule on such matters.

"What purpose does this case serve when the issue of the 25% discrepancy is already being litigated at the Court of Appeal? Do you expect the Federal High Court to pronounce a judgment on a matter that falls outside its jurisdiction?

Let's assume, for the sake of argument, that the Federal High Court does have jurisdiction (which it does not), and it rules against Tinubu, what kind of orders can it issue? Can the Federal High Court nullify the election when there are pending petitions at the Court of Appeal? And even if it does, won't Tinubu appeal against it? This case is an unnecessary distraction."

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