Tribunal fixes Wednesday to deliver judgment on Atiku’s petition against Buhari


The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja is set to deliver judgment in the case instituted by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar on Wednessday.

The suit is challenging the outcome of the February 23, 2019 election.

The petitioners asked the five-man tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba to nullify President Buhari’s victory at the poll and either declare them the winner ‎or order the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a rerun.

The lead counsel of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Yunus Ustaz Usman said the Commission conducted the February 23 election in “total compliance with the Electoral Act and the petitioners can never dislodge that”.

He however asked the panel “to dismiss the petition which was meant to test the river with both legs”.

On the other hand, the lead counsel to Buhari, Wole Olanipekun (SAN) asked the tribunal to dismiss the petition for lacking in evidence, adding that Section 131 of the Nigerian Constitution did not demand certificate to be attached to the documents.

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