Supreme Court Upholds Buhari’s Election, Dismisses Atiku’s Appeal

The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of President Muhammdu Buhari in the February 23 presidential election.

The seven-man panel of the court headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, in a ruling on Wednesday affirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari was validly elected as Nigerian President as announced by the Independent National ELectoral Election (INEC).

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The seven-man panel in a unanimous judgement said there is no merit in the appeal filed by the former vice-president.

Atiku had gone to the apex court to challenge the September 11 judgment of the Justice Mohammed Garba-led Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal which affirmed President Buhari’s victory at the polls.

The first ruling delivered by the Supreme Court on the presidential election appeal has gone against the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate in the 2019 Election, Atiku Abubakar.

The seven-man panel in the lead ruling consented to by other members, overruled Atiku’s request that their seven interlocutory appeals be heard after the main one must have been argued.

The seven-man panel held that it would be unnecessary to hear the interlocutory appeals when a judgment on the main appeal marked SC.1211/2019 would cover the field.

Other members of the panel are Justices Bode Rhodes-Vivour, Kayode Ariwoola, John Okoro, Amiru Sanusi, Ejembi Eko and Uwani Abba-Ajji.