PDP To Appeal Supreme Court Judgement On Atiku’s Presidential Election Challenge

PDP To Appeal Supreme Court Judgement On Atiku’s Presidential Election Challenge

By Salisu Sulaimon | Sub-Editor on February 25, 2020
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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the main challenger in the 2019 presidential elections (left) and Muhammadu Buhari, the incumbent president (right)
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the main challenger in the 2019 presidential elections (left) and Muhammadu Buhari, the incumbent president (right)

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday, February 24, 2020 said the current state of the country has left it with no choice but to approach the Supreme Court for a review of the judgement of the 2019 presidential election.

PDP spokesperson Kola Ologbondiyan made the disclosure at a press conference in Abuja.

Ologbondiyan said the party will also ask the apex court to review the governorship elections in Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Osun states where they lost to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The party’s spokesman also said they have uncovered plots by the APC to influence the Supreme Court to upturn the Bayelsa governorship election in its favour.

Apex Court Rules In Favour Of Buhari

The Supreme Court has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is ‘eminently qualified’ to contest for the 2019 Presidential Elections.

The country’s apex court which set Friday, November 15, 2019 as the date to explain reasons for the dismissal of the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, said that the appellant failed to prove that Buhari is not educated up to secondary school level.

A unanimous summary judgment delivered by Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Muhammad, on October 30, 2019, dismissed the appeal filed by Atiku and the PDP after the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal had earlier on in September 11, 2019, dismissed the petition against the election of Buhari on the grounds that the petitioners failed to substantiate the allegations made in their petition.

Justice John Okoro who read the submissions of the CJN held that the failure of the appellants to call credible witnesses was fatal to their case as they presented only five witnesses including a star witness who relied on hearsay evidence.

He added that the appellants failed to prove issues of over voting when it could not produce authentic voters register to validate its claim.

Justice Okoro stated that the unanimous decision of the court delivered on the 30th of October, 2019 is in total agreement with the verdict of the lower court which upheld and affirmed the election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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