The Justice Mohammed Garba-led Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday reserved its judgment on the petition filed by Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), against the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23, 2019, presidential election.
The PEPT after hearing the final addresses of the parties involved (Atiku, PDP, INEC, Buhari and APC) said that the judgment date would be communicated through their lawyers.
“Judgment in this petition is hereby reserved and will be delivered on the date to be sent to counsel for the parties,” Justice Garba who heads the five-man panel said.
Atiku’s lead lawyer, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu, while presenting the petitioner’s final address asked the court to uphold their case by declaring their candidate and his party (Atiku and PDP) winner of the February 23 poll, or order a fresh election.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents through their lawyers Yunus Usman, Wole Olanipekun and Lateef Fagbemi for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) respectively however urged the PEPT to dismiss the case for lacking merit.
Naija Buzz News covered the presidential election tribunal case so far. We reported everything you need to know on the ongoing battle for the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
President Buhari who was declared winner by INEC had already been sworn-in alongside his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo. Atiku and his running mate, Peter Obi, however hopes to reclaim their alleged victory.
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