UPDATED : Tribunal Declares Buhari As Duly Elected President

The Presidential Election Petition Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday dismissed the petition of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP asking for the nullification of the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.

The Justice Mohammed Garba-led tribunal unanimously dismissed the case for lacking in merit after resolving all the five issues raised in the case against the petitioners.

The tribunal averred that President Muhammadu Buhari was eminently qualified to contest the Feb. 23, 2019, presidential election, noting that  Buhari did not give information in an affidavit submitted to INEC concerning his academic qualification

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It ruled that the manual for the election issued by INEC did not provide for electronic transmission of results of the election adding that  Petitioners failed to prove that election results were transmitted electronically.

The tribunal noted that Petitioners’ Witness 59, who was brought from Kenya, failed to prove that there was an INEC server as PW59 relied on hearsay information about the said INEC server posted on a website, www.factsdontlie.com by a purported whistleblower who was never known.

It averred that Card reader machine was not used to transmit results during the election but for mere authentication of authentication ownership of voter cards.

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It ruled that Petitioners merely dumped documents particularly electoral materials on the tribunal without demonstrating them by tying the evidence of any of their 62 witnesses to the documents in their bid to prove the allegations in their petition.

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