PEPC’s Verdict Flawed Over Non-recognition Of ‘Doctrine Of Legitimate Expectation’, Atiku Tells S’Court

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The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is seeking an overturn of the judgment of the Presidential Election Petitions Court (PEPC) on the February 25 presidential poll over its failure to take into cognisance the “Doctrine of Legitimate Expectation” regarding the failure of INEC to conduct the election in accordance with its own guidelines and the Electoral Act, 2022, among other reasons.

The doctrine of Legitimate Expectation was first developed in English law as a ground of judicial review in administrative law to protect a procedural or substantive interest when a public authority rescinds from a representation made to a person.

In Nigeria, the doctrine of legitimate expectation demands that a public authority shall respect and apply its stated position or sustained practice in exercising its powers on members of the public.

However, Atiku in his Notice of Appeal dated September 18, and filed by his lead…



Source: Leadership Newspaper