The court requesting presidential elections in its second ruling on Wednesday confirmed the argument of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that it was wrong that the People Democratic Party, PDP, and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, filed charges of bullying, harassment, bribery, etc. against security personnel and some designated persons, but who are not parties to the petition.
The court declared that the court lacked the powers to consider any criminal charges against anyone who was not.
Then, the court eliminated the parts of Atiku’s petition and his party that contained these accusations.
The Court had previously supported Atiku and PDP’s argument that qualification problems and if a candidate provided false personal information to INEC before the election could be heard before or after the election.
The court stated that questions about a candidate’s qualification could be heard by a higher court or an electoral tribunal.
He felt he had the jurisdiction to determine the persistent question of whether Buhari was qualified or not to contest the elections.