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Supreme Court Affirms Buhari As President, Dismisses Atiku’s Appeal

Supreme Court Affirms Buhari As President, Dismisses Atiku’s Appeal

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The Supreme Court of Nigeria has dismissed Atiku Abubakar’s appeal against the judgment of the tribunal which earlier affirmed President Muhammadu Buhari winner of the highly disputed 2019 presidential election. The court in a unanimous judgment affirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari was validly elected as Nigerian President in the 23 February presidential election.

The 7-man panel headed by Ibrahim Mohammed, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) on Wednesday, quashed the opposition’s appeal for lacking merit. Atiku had gone to the apex court to challenge the September 11 judgment of the Justice Mohammed Garba-led Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal on the following grounds:

  • That Buhari was not duly elected by the majority of votes.
  • That the elections were invalid by virtue of widespread manipulation.
  • That there was widespread non-compliance with the Electoral Act.
  • That Buhari was not qualified to have contested and that he supplied false information to the INEC.

Other members of the panel include Bode Rhodes-Vivour, Olukayode Ariwoola, John Okoro, Aminu Sanusi, Ejembi Eko and Uwani Abba-ji.

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