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Tribunal announces date for Buhari, Atiku election challenge ruling

botchway September 11, 2019

 

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has said it will on Wednesday give judgement on the challenge by the PDP against President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election.

The outcome of the petition by the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, is the most anticipated amongst several legal cases arising from the February 23 election.

“Presidential election petition tribunal: Please be informed. Notice has been given for judgement to be delivered tomorrow, September 11,” Sa’adatu Kachalla, spokesperson for the Court of Appeal, said on Tuesday.

The presidential election petition is handled by the Court of Appeal, and a further appeal can be heard by the Supreme Court.

The PDP’s petition is currently the only petition remaining after three other petitioners ended their cases at the tribunal unsuccesfully.

The PDP challenged the emergence of Mr Buhari as winner of the 2019 election on several grounds including an allegation that the ruling All Progressives Congress worked with the Independent National Electoral Commission to rig the poll.

The party also questioned Mr Buhari’s academic qualification.

The PDP brought 62 witnesses before closing its case at the tribunal, while Mr Buhari put forward seven witnesses.

The electoral body, INEC, declared Mr Buhari the winner of the election with 15,191,847 votes, and Abubakar as the first runner-up polled 11,262,978 votes.

Mr Abubakar, however, said his party won the elections with over 1 million votes from details seen by the petitioners during its investigation.

In his final address, Mr Abubakar and the PDP asked the tribunal to nullify the election of Mr Buhari saying they had been able to prove that Mr Buhari was not qualified to run in the first place.

Credit: premiumtimesng.com

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