Tribunal rules President Buhari duly elected, dismisses Atiku’s petition in its entirety
Written by Taiwo Adediran on September 11, 2019
The presidential election petition tribunal has ruled that President Muhammadu Buhari was duly elected as the President of the Republic of Nigeria. It also dismissed the petition by the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, in its entirety.
Among the grounds of Atiku’s petition is that President Buhari did not possess the necessary academic qualification to contest the election. Delivering judgment today, Justice Mohammed Garba, however held that evidence before the court shows that President Buhari obtained Cambridge West African Examination Council (WAEC).
Atiku had also alleged that Buhari submitted false documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). But Justice Garba held that it has been established that a candidate is not required under the Electoral Act to attach his certificate to his Form CF001 before he is adjudged to have the requisite qualification to contest the election.
Atiku further alleged that the results of the 2019 general election were transmitted to server belonging to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The tribunal however described the purported existence of the server as a ruse, saying that Atiku’s argument was simply based on hearsay.