Nigeria: Supreme Court upholds Buhari’s victory

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The Supreme Court has upheld the September 11 judgment of the Justice Mohammed Garba-led Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal which affirmed President MuhammaduBuhari’s victory at the polls.

The seven-man panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria,Tanko Mohammed said the panel agreed that there is no merit in the appeal filed by AlhajiAtikuAbubakar and his party, the People’s Democratic Party,PDP.

The CJN added that the panel has been reviewing the case for the past two weeks. 

The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal had in a unanimously decision ruled that Atiku and PDP failed to prove allegations of irregularities against President Buhari and his party over the February 23 elections.

 The five-member panel of the tribunal held that Atiku and PDP failed to prove, beyond reasonable doubt, allegations of corruption and non-compliance with the Electoral Act against Buhari and the APC.

Atiku and PDP had alleged that security agencies and agents of the APC committed acts of violence, vote-buying, manipulation of ballot papers, stuffing of ballot boxes, massive thumb-print of ballot papers, deflation and inflation of votes, among others in states such as Borno, Yobe, Niger, Katsina, Bauchi, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Gombe and Kebbi. 

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