Tribunal Gives Verdict On Atiku’s Petition Against Buhari

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The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal is set to deliver judgment in a case filed by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 23 general election.
Appearances from Parties and their legal representatives taken. The tribunal started the Judgment by delivering ruling of Interlocutory applications which arguments were taken and ruling reserved before going into the main Judgment.
The first Interlocutory ruling is on the Motion on Notice by APC that non Joinder of Prof Yemi Osibanjo the Vice president and running mate to Buhari had rendered the Atiku’s petition invalid.
The court ruled in favour of Atiku that Vice president Yemi Osibanjo is not a necessary party to the proceedings and the petition proceeding to hearing without joining Osibanjo Buhari’ s running mate is valid.
The second ruling is on the Motion on Notice filed by APC 2nd respondent asking the Court to strike out Atiku’s list of Documents, list witnesses and some paragraphs of Atiku’ s petition for being incompetent and being pre-election matters including whether Atiku’s lead lawyer Dr. Livy Uzoukwu is a lawyer in Nigeria to competently sign Atiku’s petition. The court ruled the second motion in favour Atiku.
The court further ruled that Atiku’s grounds on Buhari’s qualifications is competent and can be raised either as pre-election matter or post-election matter by way of election petition. They finally refused the application in favour of Atiku.

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