The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has declined the petition filed by Nigeria former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress victory during the February 23 general election.
The tribunal judgement was on the basis that there was no contrite evidence to prove their allegation against the sitting president before the panel.
Justice Mohammed Garba, who led the panel, made the verdict rejecting the petition on Wednesday in Abuja.
The following were considered in making the judgement:
1. President Muhammadu Buhari was undoubtedly qualified to be a presidential candidate of the February 23, 2019, presidential election.
2. No affidavit was given in the information submitted to INEC regarding Buhari’s academic qualification
3. There were no provisions for the results to be transmitted electronically by the manual issued by INEC
4. There’s no proof from the Petitioners that the election results were sent electronically.
5. Petitioners’ Witness 59 from Kenya couldn’t give a contrite prove that there was an INEC server.
6. The information said by PW59 was base on hearsay that INEC server posted on a website, www.factsdontlie.com by an unknown whistleblower
7. Card reader machine was not used to transmit results during the election but for mere authentication of authentication ownership of voter cards.
8. Petitioners just dropped documents especially electoral materials on the tribunal, not demonstrating them by building the evidence of any of their 62 witnesses to the documents in their advent to show the scandals in their petition