The candidate of People Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, again lost his presidential bid to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday, dismissed the petition filed by, Atiku Abubakar challenging the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the February 23, presidential election for lack of merit.
Atiku was challenging the decision of the Independent Electoral Commission to have declared Buhari as the winner.
Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mohammad Tanko Ibrahim was the presiding judge over the hearing of the appeal challenging the declaration of Buhari as winner.
Highlights from the Proceeding of Atiku vs Buhari
Atiku’s counsel, Dr. livy Uzoukwu pleaded with the Supreme court to declare that Buhari was not qualified to have stood for presidential election at the time he did.
Atiku’s Lawyer also submitted that throughout the hearing of the petition at the tribunal, Buhari had failed to attach or submit photocopies of those certificates from schools he claimed to have attended.
He said that those certificates were fundamental as that is the per-requisite from the Nigerian constitution before any candidate can contest.
However, Buhari’s counsel, Wole Olanipekun maintained that the provision of the 1999 constitution didn’t require or mandate Buhari to attach photocopies of his credentials to the INEC form Cf001.
He said that Atiku has no right to request for such documents because that is strange in the law.
Buhari’s lawyer further submitted that Atiku was satisfied was not consistent with the number of votes with which he purportedly won in the presidential election.
Meanwhile the electoral umpire, INEC prayed for the dismissal of the appeal on the ground that Atiku failed to prove how he won the election.
The INEC said that Atiku only called five polling agents out of 119,000 polling units across the country as witnesses.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Tanko Mohammed gave his judgement, “We have examined all the briefs and exhibits for over two weeks.
“And we agreed that there is no merit in this appeal. The appeal is dismissed. Reasons to be given on a date to be announced.”