BREAKING: Tribunal dismisses petition by Atiku, PDP

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar
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The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) has dismissed the petition by Atiku Abubakar and the PDP challenging the election of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The court held, in the lead judgment by Justice Mohammed Garba, which has been supported by three of the five Justices of the tribunal so far, held that the petitiioners failed to prove their case.

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Atiku and the PDP had approached the tribunal to cancel the February 23 presidential election citing vote buying, security bullying amongst others.

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The tribunal dismissed the argument by the PDP seeking to disqualify President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC presidential candidate in the 2019 general election.

The court ruled that Buhari possess the West African School Certificate Examination, (WASCE), to contest the 2019 presidential election.

It said Buhari was not only qualified, but eminently qualified to contest the election, saying that the petitioners (Atiku Abubakar and PDP), could not run away from the fact that Buhari obtained WASCE which qualified him for the election.

The court said apart from being qualified, the president also obtained other certificates to validate claims that he is eminently qualified for the presidential poll.

The chairman of the tribunal, Garba Mohammed, therefore struck out the claims by the PDP and Atiku that Buhari did not possess the needed qualification for the election and that he presented false information to INEC.