Presidential Election Tribunal dismisses petition by Atiku Abubakar, PDP challenging the election of President Muhammadu Buhari

Presidential Election Tribunal dismisses petition by Atiku Abubakar, PDP challenging the election of President Muhammadu Buhari

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed the petition filed by Atiku Abubakar and PDP challenging the election of President Muhammadu Buhari on the February 23 election.

Rulings on the different allegations presented before the tribunal by Atiku Abubakar and his Party:

1. INEC’S MOTION CHALLENGING COMPETENCE OF PETITIONERS COUNSEL DISMISSED.

2. APPLICATION TO STRIKE CASE FOR NON-INCLUSION OF OSINBAJO REJECTED.

3. MOTION ON ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT AGAINST SECURITY AGENCIES STRUCK OUT.

4. COURT STRIKES OUT PARAGRAPHS IN PETITIONER’S REPLY FOR BEING IN BREACH OF RULES OVER CRIMINAL COMPLAINTS AGAINST INDIVIDUALS NOT LISTED.

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5. TRIBUNAL STRIKES OUT SOME DOCUMENTS, WITNESS STATEMENTS OF OSITA CHIDOKA ON THE GROUND THAT THEY AMOUNT TO AMENDING PETITION.

6. PARAGRAPH IN PETITION’S REPLAY ALLEGING INDUCEMENT OF VOTERS BY VP OSINBAJO OVER TRADER MONI SPENDING STRUCK OUT.

7. ALLEGATIONS OF THE LACK OF EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION BY BUHARI DISMISSED.

8. COURT SAYS NO PROVISION FOR ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION OF RESULTS IN ELECTORAL ACT AND ELECTION GUIDELINES,

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Following the above rulings, the tribunal dismissed Atiku’s petition in its entirety on the ground that he was not able to prove satisfactorily all the allegations he brought before the panel.

Justice Mohammed, the presiding Justice of the five-men panel tribunal, said that the evidences givn by the 62 witnesses called by the PDP and Atiku did not have any impact in helping the petitioners’ case, adding that the petitioners could not prove that Buhari was not duly elected.

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He further added that Atiku and the PDP have no evidence of non-compliance to the electoral act by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Justice Mohammed also held that the only way to prove cases of over-voting, electoral manipulation, among others was to tender the voters’ register, which the petitioner could not provide and that all the witnesses called by the petitioners failed to establish cases of over-voting.

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