The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja upheld President Muhammadu Buhari’s election. In their suit, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar had contended that Buhari did not possess the minimum qualifications to contest the election. But the Tribunal judgment said the petitioners were unable to prove their claim in court.
To contest for president, a candidate must have a minimum of a school leaving certificate. The Tribunal reasoned that Buhari’s career in the army was only possible because he had a school leaving certificate During his career in the army, Buhari also took additional courses in which he performed credibly. The chairman of the tribunal said the petitioners had failed to prove that the second respondent (Buhari) had submitted an affidavit with false information to INEC as part of the qualification to participate in the election.
He added that the law stipulates that a person can contest an election if he is a citizen who has attained 40 years and educated up to at least the school certification level and is a member of a political party. The Tribunal, therefore, concluded that it had no doubt that Buhari possessed the minimum qualifications to contest for the presidential election.
The Presidential Election declared that there is no evidence showing that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC transmitted the results of the last presidential election electronically to any server. The court held that the petitioners, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, failed to prove the existence of any INEC server.
The judgment still being read on the petition by Atiku and the PDP challenging the victory of President Buhari and the APC, held that the petitioners also failed to prove that INEC transmitted results electronically. The court held that there is no law in place in Nigeria that allows electronic transmission of results or the transmission of results using a card reader.
Justice Mohammed Garba, the president of the Tribunal, said, “I have carefully examined and examined Exhibit 28 (INEC Manual for Election) tendered by the petitioners, I did not see where there is provision for electronic transmission of the result of election.”
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