Presidential election: Keyamo appears in court in Tinubu's defence.

Festus Keyamo, former Minister of State for Employment, appeared in court for the first time since the Presidential Election Petition Court convened on Tuesday morning.

Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and former spokesperson for the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, donned his legal robe for President Bola Tinubu's defence on Tuesday.

The hearing is set to kick off today after the court consolidated all the petitions before it at the last adjourned date.

ChinyKo recalls that Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, his Labour Party counterpart, Pete Obi, and others had approached the tribunal to upturn Tinubu’s victory on the grounds of substantial non-compliance with the provisions of the Constitution, the Electoral Act and the guidelines of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the conduct of the poll.

Atiku, a former vice president, who hinged his petition on five grounds, is asking the court to order the electoral body to conduct a fresh election following alleged irregularities at polling units during the presidential poll.

Obi, a former Anambra governor, is also alleging various irregularities in the conduct of the election, insisting that Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, were not qualified to contest.

Meanwhile, Tinubu and Shettima were sworn into office by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, at Eagles Square in Abuja on Monday.

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