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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Tribunal Dismisses Atiku’s Petition Against Buhari

In a ruling that lasted over eight hours, the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, yesterday, upheld the declaration of Muhammadu Buhari by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as winner of the February 23, 2019, presidential election.

The tribunal unanimously dismissed the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate,  Atiku Abubakar, challenging the outcome of the election for lacking in merit.

Justice Muhammed Garba, chairman of tribunal, in his lead judgment, held that the petitioners failed to prove the allegations raised in their petition.

In doing so, the tribunal, in a unanimous judgment, held that Buhari possessed the requisite qualification and was eminently qualified to contest the February 23 election.

Garba, who was supported by five other justices, maintained that the petitioners’ evidence proved that Buhari was not only “highly qualified, but eminently qualified” to contest the election.

Other members of the panel were Justice Abdul Aboki  (Court of Appeal, Abuja), Justice Joseph Ikyegh (Court of Appeal, Benin), Samuel Oseji (Court of Appeal, Lagos) and Justice Peter Ige (Court of Appeal, Abuja).

Atiku had asked the tribunal to nullify Buhari’s election and declare him the authentic winner of the election.

But the tribunal, after resolving all the issues in favour of the respondents, held that the president was duly re-elected in the last presidential election.

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