Supreme Court quashes Atiku’s appeal challenging Buhari’s election victory
The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal challenging the election of President Muhammadu Buhari filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar for lack of merit.
A seven-man panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Mohammed, dismissed the appeal on Wednesday after hearing Atiku’s suit against the President Buhari’s victory.
The court however said it would give the reason for its decision on a date to be announced.
“We have examined the submissions of parties in this matter and the exhibit adduced and we have come to a conclusion that this appeal lacks merit, appeal is hereby dismissed,” he said.
Abubakar and the PDP filed the appeal at the Supreme Court after the presidential election tribunal last month dismissed their original petition.
The tribunal ruled against the PDP on the core issues it raised about the February presidential election.
Abubakar and the PDP had argued that Buhari lied on oath about his educational qualification and that the high school the president said he attended did not exist at the dates stated by the president.
The party and its candidate also argued that the electoral commission, INEC, manipulated the result of the election and that the result on an INEC server showed that ABubakar won the election ahead of Buhari.
The tribunal disagreed with the PDP and Abubakar on the issues raised.