The petition filed by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar challenging the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the February 23, 2019, presidential election was on Wednesday dismissed by he Supreme Court.
DAILY POST reports that in his judgment said the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Tanko Mohammed in his judgment said, “We have examined all the briefs and exhibits for over two weeks.
Justice Tanko who presided over the hearing of the appeal challenging the declaration of Buhari as winner of the election stated that the appeal was dismissed for lack of merit, and that the reasons would be given on a later date yet to be known.
“And we agreed that there is no merit in this appeal. The appeal is dismissed. Reasons to be given on a date to be announced.
Dr. livy Uzoukwu, Atiku’s counsel, who ealier pleaded with the Supreme court to hold that Buhari was not qualified to have stood for presidential election at the time he did, submitted that throughout the hearing of the petition at the tribunal, Buhari failed to attach photocopies of certificates obtained from schools he claimed to have attended.
He argued that Buhari didn’t posses any qualifying certificates since he failed to attach even testimonials of his purported primary school, secondary school and cadet officers’ courses.
Buhari’s counsel, Wole Olanipekun, said that Atiku has no right to place additional burden on Buhari with his insistence that photocopies of his documents must be attached stating that the provision of the 1999 constitution didn’t require or mandate Buhari to attach photocopies of his credentials to the INEC form Cf001.
The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), prayed for the dismissal of the appeal on the ground that Atiku failed to prove how he won the election, saying he could only call five polling agents out of 119,000 polling units across the country as witnesses. DAILY POST