Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal reserves judgement on Atiku petition – Independent Observers

Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal reserves judgement on Atiku petition

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By Andy Chukwu

The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, wednesday reserved judgement in the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23, 2019 presidential election.

The five-man panel of the tribunal led by Mohammed Garba said judgement would be delivered on a date to be communicated to the parties.

Garba made the announcement after the petitioners and respondents – Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) – adopted their final written addresses.

The PDP has asked the tribunal to declare Atiku, winner of the 2019 presidential election.

Citing a server of the electoral commission, Atiku claimed that he defeated Buhari at the polls by over a million votes.

Levi Uzoukwu, SAN, who led the petitioners’ legal team insisted in his final written address that Buhari’s claim that he submitted his certificates to the military board had been discovered false.

Lawyers to INEC, Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, however, urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition with substantial cost for lacking in merit and substance.

They argued that the nation’s law only requires a candidate to be educated up to secondary school level or its equivalent.

They also argued that the petitioners, through their witnesses, docoments and videos tendered have not been able to prove that Atiku won the election over Buhari.

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