Presidential Tribunal Reserves Judgement On Atiku's Petition
Election Tribunal. Image courtesy Channels TV

The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) on Wednesday reserved judgment in the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 election.

The five-man panel of the tribunal, led by Mohammed Garba, said judgment would be delivered on a date to be communicated to the parties.

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Garba made the announcement after the petitioners and respondents – Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) – adopted their final written addresses.

The PDP has asked the tribunal to declare Atiku Abubakar, its presidential candidate, winner of the election, which held on February 23.

Atiku claimed that he defeated Buhari at the polls by over a million votes, citing a server purportedly used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to collate votes.

Levi Uzoukwu, who led the petitioners’ legal team, insisted in his final written address that they have done enough to prove that Buhari’s claim that he submitted his certificates to the military board was false.

But lawyers to INEC, Buhari and the APC urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition with substantial cost for lacking in merit and substance.

In their argument, they claimed that the nation’s law only requires a candidate to be educated up to secondary school level or its equivalent.