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JUST IN: PEPC Dismisses Atiku, PDP Petitions Against Re-election of Buhari, Affirms President Eminently Qualified To Contest 2019 Presidential Election

The petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar against the election of President Muhammadu Buhari has been dismissed.

The five-member presidential election tribunal unanimously dismissed the petition on Wednesday in along hour judgement read by Garba Mohammed.

The tribunal ruled each of the five arguments by the PDP and Mr Abubakar against them.

According to Mr Mohammed, the petitioners (PDP and Atiku) failed to prove their petition beyond reasonable doubt and declared the petition dismissed in its entirety.

All five members of the panel agreed with the lead judgement.

As part of its ruling, the tribunal said Mr Abubakar and the PDP provided no evidence that the 2019 general election was not in compliance with the Electoral Act.

Mr Mohammed noted a number of allegations brought by the petitioners to back their claim of massive non-compliance to electoral guidelines across the nation.

On the issue of server, the PEPC declared that there was no evidence that INEC transmitted the results of the 2019 presidential election electronically to any server.

Mr. Mohammed said that the petitioners (PDP and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar) failed to prove the existence of an INEC server or that the electoral commission transmitted results electronically.

The court held that there was no law in place in Nigeria that allows electronic transmission of results or the transmission of result using card reader going by the electoral act.

“I have carefully examined and examined Exhibit 28 (INEC Manual for Election) tendered by the petitioners, I did not see where there is provision for electronic transmission of result of election,” Mr. Mohammed said.

On the contentious issue of Buhari’s certificate, which the PDP argued that he did not possess, hence his ineligible to qualified the election, as required by law, the PEPC dismissed the argument by the PDP, seeking to disqualify President Buhari

The court ruled that Buhari possess the West African School Certificate Examination, (WASCE), to contest the 2019 presidential election.

It said Buhari was not only qualified, but eminently qualified to contest the election, saying that the petitioners (Atiku Abubakar and PDP), could not run away from the fact that Buhari obtained WASCE which qualified him for the election.

The court said apart from being qualified, the president also obtained other certificates to validate claims that he is eminently qualified for the presidential poll.

The Chairman of the tribunal, Mr. Mohammed, therefore struck out the claims by the PDP and Atiku that Buhari did not possess the needed qualification for the election and that he presented false information to INEC.

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