Supreme Court Explains Why Atiku’s Appeal Failed

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This was after the Supreme Court explained in details why it decided to upheld the ruling of the Appeal Court who held that Buhari was the winner of the February 23 Presidential Election.

There was no surprise or pandemonium in Friday’s ruling after the apex court had struck out all the charges by Atiku Abubakar and PDP challenging Buhari’s victory.

A seven-man panel lede by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad gave the explanation on its earlier stand on October 30 2019.

Atiku had argued that the results of the election was transmitted electronically and from the transmitted results, he won the election.

Read Also: Supreme Court Suashes Atikus Appeal Challenging Buhari’s Election Victory

Also, he raised the issue of qualification, where he prayed that Buhari was not educationally qualified to contest for the position of president wit his certificate.

In the absence of the CJN, Justice John Okoro read the judgement as Tanko was unavoidably absent from the Friday proceedings.


In lieu of the former vice-president’s testimony that the result was transmitted electronically, the CJN said the vissue was not whether INEC has a website, but whether INEC posted the results of the presidential election on its website.
“It is whether the from which the appellants downloaded the results belonged to INEC.”
The CJN noted that the appellants’ witness 59 admitted that the results which they claimed gave Atiku and PDP victory over Buhari was obtained by an anonymous employee of INEC acting as a whistleblower and uploaded to website.
“The website,, belonged to the whistleblower and not INEC.
Further speaking, the CJN said teh appellants failed to find out if the said INEC website truly belong to them as it was just a whistleblowing.
Also they failed to link the content of the said website to that of INEC server.
“It ought to have dawned on the appellants that the game was up,”.
“Therefore, all the data, analysis and conclusions based on the content of the alleged server are of no moment,” Justice Muhammad also said.
The ruling was unanimously accepted by all other six members of the panel.
At the end, the Supreme Court resolved that all issues raised against the respondents who are INEC, Buhari and APC were formulated.

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