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Summary of final Presidential Tribunal ruling on Atiku and Buhari’s case

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So far, the presidential petitions court has issued a final ruling on nine petitions filed before the 2019 presidential election involving President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, the main opposition party from Nigeria

Latest Nigeria News recalls that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared President Buhari to have participated in the elections on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the ruling party of Nigeria, winner of the presidential election on February 23rd.

The commission stated that data from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) gave Buhari 15,191,847 votes, while Atiku finished second with 11,262,978 votes.

Challenging the results in the electoral court in his 139-page petition, Abubakar said that the results of the INEC server showed they had obtained 18.356.732 votes to defeat Buhari who had 16,741,430 votes.

The INEC, on the other hand, stated that it did not have a central server where the election results were transmitted as declared by the PDP and by Abubakar.

In the resumption of today’s proceedings, the presidential election petitioner court issued the final judgment on nine petitions filed before Buhari and APC, as well as by Atiku and PDP.

Below is the summary of the judgment so far…

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1. The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal dismissed INEC’s claim that Atiku’s lead counsel, Livy Uzoukwu (SAN) is not a legal practitioner.

2. The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal dismissed INEC’s claim that Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President should have been joined in the suit alongside President Buhari.

3. The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal refused INEC’s request to strike out some of the witnesses of the PDP.

4. The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal refused INEC’s request to dismiss Atiku’s prayer seeking President Buhari’s disqualification from the 2019 Presidential election.

5. The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal struck out PDP’s argument that President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo used Federal government funds through TraderMoni to induce voters.

6. The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal dismissed President Buhari’s contention that Atiku was not qualified to file the petition challenging his election.

7. The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal dismissed PDP’s argument that security operatives rigged the 2019 Presidential election to favour President Buhari.

8. The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal dismissed President Buhari’s response challenging Atiku’s motion on alleged none use of card readers.

9. The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal dismissed PDP’s motion alleging abuse of court processes in APC’s applications.