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Tribunal rules on Atiku’s petition challenging Buhari’s victory (LIVE)

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The petitions court in the presidential election will today issue a ruling on the petition presented by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

All parties to the case had presented their final communications on 21 August, when the court declared that the date of the sentence will be communicated at a later time.

The PDP and its candidate seek to cancel the election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 poll.

8:00 There is a large presence of security officials on court premises, while the court will start with many attorneys present.

8:23 The president’s chief of staff, Abba Kyari, who also attended the president in court, arrives in the courtroom.

8:45 am The Minister of State of the Niger Delta, Festus Keyamo, arrives in the courtroom. Keyamo, who is also Nigeria’s chief lawyer, exchanges jokes with lawyers on arrival at the courthouse.

8:46 Plateau state governor Simon Lalong arrives in the courtroom.

9:09 am President of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus arrives in the courtroom. He also turned around and exchanged jokes with the lawyers defending the PDP in the petition.

09:10 He also embraced the president of the opposite party, the =All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole.

Also in court there are the governor of Kebbi State Senator, Bagudu, the Minister of Labor and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige and the Minister of Labor and Housing, Raji Fashola.

9:29 The last meeting of the court came with this petition.

The five-man panel includes the president, Judge Mohammed Garba. Others include Judge Peter Olabisi-Ige, Judge Abdul Aboki, Judge Joseph Ikyegh and Judge Samuel Oseji.

The panel is directed by judge Mohammed Garba.

9:36 The parties appear after which the president of the court will pronounce the sentence.

09:49 The court of the preliminary hearing reserved the sentences on some preliminary objections to today’s sentence.

Therefore, the President announced that these resolutions will be issued before the last sentence of the petition.

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10:01 The first preliminary objection heard is that presented by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which asks the court to reject the PDP and Atiku’s request for not joining the vice president who participated in the elections as a requirement. party.

The first preliminary objection

The INEC presented the first preliminary Objections (OP) asking the court to reject the petition for not joining the vice-president who is part of the elections for four reasons, since it is an indispensable part of the petition.

The OP stated that the inability to join the vice president took away from the court the powers to hear the petition as such, so it must be rejected.

He adds that the violation of the electoral act is not a simple rule, but is the basis of the case. In this petition, the electoral act has been fulfilled.

The vice president, he said, is not a necessary part under section 178 and is bound by the decision made to the necessary party, which in this case are the second defendant (the president) and the third defendant (the APC).

10:07 Judge Garba stated that not joining the vice president is not fatal for the petition.

He said the objection was not correct by law, lacked merit and was rejected.

The dismissal is a unanimous decision of the panel.

Summary: the court rejected a preliminary objection filed by the INEC in search of the dismissal of the PDP’s request and of its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar for not joining the vice president as part of the cause that participated in the elections that are the object of the appeal .

10:11 The next preliminary objection (OP) to be decided was also presented by the first INEC respondent.

The OP is looking for an order that eliminates the list of signatories’ documents to be incompetent