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Tribunal dismisses Atiku’s petition, declares Buhari winner

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s petition against the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23, 2019 Presidential poll.

The Justice Garba Mohammed led five man panel ruled that Atiku and his party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), failed to prove their petition beyond reasonable doubt and consequently dismissed the petition in its entirety.

The tribunal noted that Atiku and PDP provided no evidence that the 2019 presidential election was not in compliance with the Electoral Act.

“The petitioners have a duty to prove all the allegations which are criminal in nature beyond reasonable doubt.

“The petitioners pleaded that so many of their agents were situated in various polling units and that members of the first respondents connived with security agents to conduct massive rigging.

“They also alleged that no real voting took place in Dekina local government area, among others.”

“Like I had mentioned, there is no admissible evidences to link the witnesses with the allegations of non-compliance to the electoral act or of corruption,” Justice Garba said.

“I have come to the conclusion which is inevitable and unavoidable, that the petitioners have not proved any of the grounds of the petition in paragraph 15 of the petition.

“This petition is accordingly and hereby dismissed in its entirety,” Justice Garba-led tribunal ruled.

Naija Buzz News reported the highlights of the final judgement at the PEPT on 11 September, 2019. The case which was regarded and speculated to be the most interesting electoral case in the history of Nigeria ends in an unexpected way.

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