SWITZERLAND, SEPTEMBER 11: The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal(PEPT) has dismissed in its entirety, the petition by Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress(APC) in the 2019 presidential election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on February 27, declared Buhari and his party, the APC, as the winner of the presidential election, having polled a total of 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival, Atiku, who it said polled a total of 11,262,978 votes.
Not satisfied with the result, Atiku and his party, the PDP had in a joint petition approached the Tribunal through their team of lawyers led by Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN) to challenge the election on the ground that the result released by INEC was not the true position of the election.
It was the contention of the petitioners that they won the election, based on the results transmitted electronically to INEC’s server.
They also contended that Buhari did not possess the relevant academic qualification to contest the election. Joined as 1st to 3rd Respondents are: INEC, Buhari and the APC.
The petitioners also contended that the election was marred by corruption. In addition, the petitioners alleged that the election of Buhari is invalid, having not complied with the provisions of the Electoral Act.
Also the petitioners submitted that Buhari was not at the time of the election qualified to contest, having submitted a fake academic qualification to the electoral body.
The petitioners in their reliefs prayed the tribunal to declare that Buhari was not duly elected and ought not to have been returned and that the election is null and void.
They also prayed that Atiku be declared as the validly elected winner of the election having polled the highest number of votes as provided by the Electoral Act.
Ahead of the judgement, security was beefed up on Wednesday within the vicinity of the Court of Appeal, Abuja,
There were security personnel comprising mainly men of the Nigeria Police, the Department of State Services and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps mounted security checks at both ends of the stretch of the road to the court.
Lawyers and journalists who arrived the court premises located in the Three Arms Zone, were subjected to checks by security personnel. Many Bigwigs from both parties were present at the landmark judgement.
Those present from the ruling APC include the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole, newly-appointed Minister of State for Niger Delta, Festus Keyamo, Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, and Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige.
On the opposition PDP side, the National Chairman, Uche Secondus was present to represent his party.