Supreme Court dismisses the petition Atiku made against Buhari


Supreme Court dismisses the petition Atiku made against Buhari

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court dismissed the petition of Atiku Abubakar, the PDP’s candidate, who challenged President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration as the winner of the Presidential election on February 23 as lack of merit.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Tanko Mohammed in his judgment said, “We have examined all the briefs and exhibits for over two weeks.

“And we agreed that there is no merit in this appeal. The appeal is dismissed. Reasons to be given on a date to be announced.

Meanwhile, there was anxiety earlier as the Supreme court, Wednesday indicated that judgment in the petition filed by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar against the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the February 23, presidential election may be delivered in the instant circumstance of today.

Supreme Court dismisses the petition Atiku made against Buhari

Supreme Court dismisses the petition Atiku made against Buhari

The chief Justice of Nigeria, Mohammad Tanko Ibrahim, who chaired the appeal hearing challenging Buhari’s declaration as the election’s winner, indicated that the verdict could be given by any moment.

Shortly after lawyers involved in the matter adopted their final addresses and concluded their adumbration, the CJN announced that the 7-man panel would rise to reconvene, though, without giving details.

Earlier, while adopting his final brief of argument, Atiku’s counsel, Dr. livy Uzoukwu pleaded with the Supreme court to hold that Buhari was not qualified to have stood for presidential election at the time he did.

Atiku’s lawyer submitted that throughout the hearing of the petition at the tribunal, Buhari failed to attach photocopies of certificates obtained from schools he claimed to have attended.

He further submitted that qualifications are so fundamental and that it is a clear fact that Buhari did not even have qualifications certificates in his supposed major, secondary or cadet courses.

However, Buhari’s counsel, Wole Olanipekun maintained that the provision of the 1999 constitution didn’t require or mandate Buhari to attach photocopies of his credentials to the INEC form Cf001.

Olanipekun said that Atiku has no right to place additional burden on Buhari with his insistence that photocopies of his documents must be attached.

Buhari’s lawyer further submitted that Atiku was not consistent with the number of votes with which he purportedly won in the presidential election.

However, INEC prayed that the appeal should be dismissed because Atiku couldn’t demonstrate how he won the election. He said that he could only call five voting agents out of 119,000 polling stations throughout the country.

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