PDP, Atiku allegations against Buhari’s victory remain unproven – Supreme Court

By AdvocateNews on 15/11/2019

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 1,229


The Supreme Court on Friday said all allegations raised by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Atiku Abubakar, challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the Feb.23 presidential election were unproven.

Abukakar, a former Vice President, who contested the election against claimed he won the election.

Justice Inyang Okoro said this while giving reasons why the apex court on Oct.30 dismissed the appellants’ appeal that challenged the judgment of the presidential tribunal.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the appellants had claimed that the tribunal erred in addressing all the issues raised in petition.

NAN further reports that the issues brought before the tribunal bordered on the qualification, electoral malpractice, and transmission of election results electronically, among others.

In the circumstance, the appellant prayed the tribunal to rule all the issues in their favour and to go head and return Atiku as winner of the election.

However, Okoro, who provided the definitive reasons by seven-man panel of justices, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad also held that: “the appeal lacked any scintilla of merit and therefore needed to be dismissed’’.

On allegations on the president’s qualification, Okoro said Buhari was eminently qualified to contest the election as sufficient evidence was adduced to confirm both his educational and candidature status that were accepted by INEC.

Okoro, therefore, upheld the decision of the tribunal on the issues around the president’s qualification and possession of relevant certificates was legendary.

The judge also said that Buhari was not liable of any irregularities and corrupt practices before, during and after the election as claimed by the appellants.

He also said the president was not under any obligations to attach his credentials to his INEC nomination form as contested by the appellants, adding that such demand was not provided for by the Constitution.

On the allegation of the use of server by INEC in transmitting results of the election to a central point, Okoro, said PDP and Atiku failed woefully by not providing evidence to substantiate such an allegation.

“They were wrong to have relied on the so called results obtained from a website not maintained by the electoral umpire, adding that the claim by Atiku that he won the election based on information from such a clandestine source was questionable.

“I agree entirely with the court below that the appellants failed to prove that INEC has the server from which they got their figures.

“As a result, all the results, calculations and analysis based on the results from such a source that did not belong to INEC are of no moment,’’ the judge said.

On allegations of over voting, violence and malpractices, Okoro held that the failure of the appellants to call credible witnesses was fatal to their case, adding that five witnesses invited to prove such allegations was unimaginable.

According to the judge, most of the issues raised by the appellants were based on to prove hearsay evidence, adding that the apex court could not grant prayers that were not proven beyond reasonable doubt.

“We are of the conviction that the lower court did a good job based on the evidence brought before it by the appellants. We also unanimously dismissed the appeal as all five issues remained unproven,’’ the judge said.

Posted 15/11/2019 4:57:14 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

You may also like...
Deputy Superintendent of Prisons arrested for Armed Robbery...

North West Govs shut schools for 30 days...

2023 presidency: Ohanaeze threatens boycott of polls over...

Kogi Govt flags off Project Light Up Kogi...

Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer sues Police demands N2bn compensation...

Enugu APC accuses ENSIEC of sabotage as voters...

EFCC arrests Atiku’s finance director

Nigeria’s Coronavirus cases rise to 174 as NCDC...

Tinubu hails protesters, carpets hoodlums, pleads for cessation...

Bandits arrested after robbing Anambra businessman of dollars,...

Arsenal confirm signing Willian from Chelsea

Man kills neighbour’s wife, daughter for calling him...

 

Latest News EFCC arrests 12 bankers in Enugu over fraud Dangote workers shot as armed Kogi Vigilantes invade Obajana cement plant Nnamdi Kanu petitions Buhari to release him immediately Peter Obi: Igbo should be president — Falae BREAKING: Obi beats Tinubu, Atiku by 51% votes in new poll ahead 2023   Peter Obi: Arrest, prosecute Mahdi Shehu, Ohanaeze tells FG 2023: Obasanjo may support Peter Obi Edeoga: Can a pact breaker keep campaign promises? Over 13,000 APC members defect to PDP in Kaduna Umahi denies ordering police to teargas, attack Peter Obi’s supporters in Ebonyi 2023: North will vote massively for Peter Obi — Prophet El-Buba Senator Ubah: How I narrowly escaped assassins’ bullets

 

Most Read Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (520,628 views) Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (520,628 views) Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (520,627 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (520,627 views) Sickle cell support group seeks government intervention (520,626 views) I’ve no Coronavirus, govt wants to kill me – Anambra Index case (520,626 views) FG sends new directive to banks, schools as Buhari extends lockdown by four weeks (520,626 views) Ebonyi bans embalming of corpses in homes (520,625 views) Fleeing ex-DG Imo Broadcasting Corporation who stabbed wife to death arrested (520,624 views) HUSHPUPPI: CRIMINALS HAVE NO TRIBE. THEY SHAME ALL OF US... (511,787 views) DEMOCRACY DAY: President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech (446,894 views) All you need to know about Peter Obi, PDP VP Candidate (444,809 views)

 

 

SECTIONS NEWS (9,923) FAITH (159) EDITORIAL (25) POLITICS (524) SOCIETY (135) SPORTS (67) BUSINESS (381) HEALTH (63) EDUCATION (53) ENTERTAINMENT (65) INTERNATIONAL (232) TECHNOLOGY (8) COLUMNISTS (57) LETTERS (4) OPINION (47)

 

 


There are no video entries posted yet.