In a surprising turn of events, the Action Peoples Party (APP) has formally applied to withdraw its petition challenging the victory of President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in the highly contested 2023 General Elections. The party’s counsel, Obed Agu, made the request before the court, urging the judges to strike out and dismiss the suit altogether.

According to Agu, his actions were solely based on the instructions he received from his client, the APP. Responding to the application for withdrawal, Wole Olanipekun, counsel to Tinubu, expressed no objection, stating that neither he nor his client opposed the APP’s decision. In a surprising move, they also opted not to seek any costs associated with the withdrawal.

Presiding over the proceedings, Justice Haruna Tsammani, the chairman of the panel, proceeded to dismiss the suit, emphasizing that no costs would be attached to the dismissal. The courtroom atmosphere was filled with a mix of curiosity and anticipation as the APP’s challenge to the Presidential Election, citing alleged non-compliance with electoral laws and INEC guidelines, came to an unexpected end.

Following the conclusion of this case, the court adjourned temporarily and will reconvene at 2 pm to address the pending suit filed by the Labour Party. As stakeholders anxiously await the next legal battle, the recent withdrawal by the APP has left political pundits and observers wondering about the underlying motivations behind this sudden change of course.

The nation’s political landscape continues to unfold with each courtroom drama, offering citizens a front-row seat to the complex and dynamic nature of the country’s democratic process.