The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal has dismissed the petition of the PDP and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of President Buhari in the 2019 general election.
The court pronounced the petition dismissed in its entirety.”
Earlier, the five-man panel of justices led by Garba Mohammed made key rulings.
The Tribunal dismisses Buhari’s application that Atiku was not qualified to file petition.
It also dismissed INEC’s motion asking VP Osinbajo to be joined in the petition. This was unanimously dismissed by the panel, which ruled that a vice presidential candidate is not a necessary party in an election petition but an appendage of the presidential candidate who nominated him.
The tribunal dismissed INEC’s motion arguing that Atiku’s lead counsel, Livy Uzoukwu, is not a legal practitioner called to the Nigerian Bar and the request to dismiss Atiku’s prayer seeking Buhari’s disqualification.
Ruling on the allegations of police and military interference, harassment and intimidation and ballot stuffing among others, filed by Atiku, the tribunal struck out the application for non-joinder of the parties who have been accused.
Buhari polled 15,191, 847 votes to defeat Atiku who polled 11,262 , 978 in the 2019 general election leaving a margin of 3, 928, 869 votes.